The Count Me In initiative, a $1.2 million effort supported by MacArthur and nine other foundations in Illinois, worked to increase participation in the 2010 Census in hard-to-count communities in Chicago and the state. The U.S. Census recently reported that Illinois’ 2010 return rate was higher than in 2000, the last decennial count. Chicago had the second-largest gain among U.S. cities, with an increase of 5 percentage points. In all Illinois communities where the initiative took place, return rates averaged two percentage points above their 2000 rates. Comparable communities that were not part of Count Me In had rates that were, on average, half a point below those in the last census count. The largest philanthropic effort to support census intake in a single state, Count Me In involved 60 nonprofit groups that conducted outreach to Illinois residents in 13 cities about the value of census participation.
October 5, 2015 - Publication
A case study from the Pew-MacArthur Results First initiative describes how four California counties have used evidence-based policymaking to meet the challenges of the state’s criminal justice reform effort. Read More
September 14, 2015 - From The Field
The MetroLab Network, seeks to strengthen and create partnerships between metro areas and their respective universities to research, develop, and deploy innovative technologies to address challenges facing the nation’s urban areas Read More
July 31, 2015 - Publication
Under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, which sets the first-ever standards limiting carbon pollution from power plants, states can craft their own strategy and set stronger standards that create significant economic benefits. Read More