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

What's New


What D.C. Influencers Say About the National Debt

The second round of the "The Buck Stops Where?" survey series conduced by MacArthur grantee Public Agenda examines how Beltway insiders viewed the debt and the deficit during the 2010 midterm elections. Read More

Fiscal Truths

Inside the Beltway

New Poll: Voters Want Congress to Act to Reduce the National Debt

More than 70 percent of mid-term voters polled in a post-election survey say it is "very important" that Congress takes steps to reduce the national debt. Read More

New Journal Explores Benefits, Costs of Government Programs

The new academic Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis examines whether government programs improve the well-being of society. It was published by the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis with support from MacArthur. Read More

Illinois Approves Payday Loan Bill

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a bill that caps interest rates on payday loans and provides other consumer protections through increased regulation of lenders. Read More


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Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
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Ianna Kachoris

Program Officer
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Tara Magner

Program Officer
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Lucy Blanco

Program Associate
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Janice A. Dunbar

Assistant Manager of Grants and Budget
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Beth Gutelius

Research Associate
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Gerry Sims

Program Associate

Media Contact

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Meredith Klein

Communications Officer