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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Research Universities and the Future of America

Research universities have made critical contributions to the American economy and society. However, persistent funding challenges threaten the vitality of U.S. research universities, according to a report requested by Congress. Read More
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Better Results, Lower Costs in Washington State

This brief by Results First, a joint initiative of MacArthur and the Pew Center on the States, highlights how Washington state has applied effectively cost-benefit analysis to criminal justice programs. Read More
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Helping States Make Informed Policy Choices

Results First, a joint initiative of MacArthur and the Pew Center on the States, is helping states assess the costs and benefits of policy options and use that data to make decisions based on the results. Read More

"The Dawn of the Evidence-Based Budget"

From The New York Times
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Examining the Fiscal Health of City Governments

The National League of Cities will examine the fiscal health of city governments across the U.S. as they recover from the recession. Read More
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Evidence-Based Policy Advances

Workforce Innovation Fund will support the development and scale-up of evidence-based interventions to improve education and employment outcomes for U.S. workers. Read More

Grantee Hosts Bipartisan Budget Forum

The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, hosted the forum on how the federal government can avoid budget catastrophe, featuring theoretical and modeling work supported by the Foundation. Read More

Tax and Spend, but Keep Your Balance

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Results Show Clean Economy Contains Significant Number of Jobs

The clean economy — a sector that produces goods and services with an environmental benefit — encompasses some 2.7 million jobs in establishments spread across a diverse group of industries. Read More
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Index Measures How U.S. Cities Adapt to Stress

A new research project from the MacArthur-supported Network on Building Resilient Regions compares how likely U.S. metropolitan areas are to withstand future regional shock. Read More