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Advancing the development of more effective domestic policies by working to increase the policy impact of all strategies in the Foundation’s U.S. Programs.  Read our strategy and the current status of our work

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California Improves Criminal Justice through Evidence

A video from the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative shows how California county officials, when grappling with the Public Safety Realignment Act, used evidence to invest in criminal justice programs that are most effective and cost-efficient. Read More
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Plan Proposed to Stabilize Illinois Finances

The Civic Federation, a MacArthur grantee, has proposed a comprehensive three-year plan to address Illinois' ongoing financial crisis with spending limits and revenue enhancements. Read More
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Lessons From the Great Recession

A report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that measures taken to stem the 2008 Great Recession and financial crisis prevented the economy from tumbling into a 1930s-style Great Depression. Read More
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Evidence-Based Policymaking in Four California Counties

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