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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"When Paying it Forward Pays Us Back"

From The New York Times
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Assessing the Effect of Social Benefits

The December 2012 issue of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis (JBCA) explores whether government programs that benefit individuals improve the broader well-being of society. Read More
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Understanding and Managing State Health Care Costs

The State Health Care Spending Project is a joint initiative of the Pew Center on the States and MacArthur. Read More

"Successful Aging"

From Richard Heffner's Open Mind
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Studying the Impact of New Technology on Democratic Institutions

Opening Government, a MacArthur supported research initiative, seeks to study the impact of technology on democratic institutions in the United States and globally. Read More

Q&A: State Health Care Costs

The Q&A explores how health care costs are contributing to states’ fiscal troubles, the factors driving up these costs, and how the State Health Care Spending Project aims to provide answers to these questions. Read More
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Evaluating Public Education in Illinois

An assessment of Illinois public education shows that the state’s academic performance has remained flat for much of the past decade, and asserts that absent serious effort and change, its prospects for improvement are slim. Read More