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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The Human Side of the Fiscal Crisis

This policy forum by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget examined two paths for dealing with the nation's fiscal situation: action and inaction, and how they will affect a variety of groups. Read More

Financial Challenges for the New Chicago Mayor

The Civic Federation, a MacArthur grantee, released a new report that details the fiscal challenges facing the next Mayor of Chicago. Read More

Will It Take a Crisis to Fix U.S. Fiscal Policy?

Unless current policies are reformed, the national debt will continue to grow, making a sovereign debt crisis, like those in Ireland and Greece, inevitable, according to a new paper by Rudy Penner of the Urban Institute. Read More

Regional Resilience in the Face of Foreclosures

The foreclosure crisis is an opportunity to reorient housing strategies, according to a report by researchers, elected officials, and housing practitioners, who examined home mortgage foreclosures in six metropolitan regions for the National League of Cities. Read More

Communicating Effectively About Budgets and Taxes

With support from MacArthur, the Frameworks Institute has been conducting research to understand the underlying assumptions Americans have about budgets and taxes and to develop more productive strategies for communicating about these issues Read More

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