Policy Research

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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Applying Neuroscientific Lie Detection in Court

A brief from the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience assesses the potential and pitfalls of using neuroscientific lie detection technology in court. Read More
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$11.6 Million in New Chicago Investments

The investments will help spur economic development in low-income neighborhoods, create opportunities for youth and prevent violence, promote police reform and accountability, and support arts and culture. Read More
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Video: Evidence-Based Policymaking Made Easy by ‘Results First’ Tool

In this animated video, learn about the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, which, since 2011, has partnered with states and counties to help them incorporate the use of evidence into their budgeting and policymaking processes. Read More
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Using Evidence When Supporting Community-Based Organizations

A brief from the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative focuses on how governments can use evidence and data to support community-based organizations that are proven to be effective. Read More
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Video: Results First Testifies on Evidence-Based Policymaking

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative team testified at a hearing of the federal Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. Read More
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Analyzing Chicago’s FY17 Proposed Budget

In an analysis, the Civic Federation expresses its support for the FY17 proposed budget for the City of Chicago, while also putting forth recommendations for improving the city’s financial management. Read More