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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Mapping and Comparing Responsible Data Approaches

A report by The GovLab at New York University and Leiden University presents a framework for how humanitarian organizations can responsibly consider and use data. Read More
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Understanding Neuroscience and the Law

A brief published by the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience provides an overview of “neurolaw” – the intersection between law and neuroscience. The brief summarizes opportunities and limitations in this new field as neuroscientific ... Read More
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Assessing Chicago Public Schools’ Budget Proposal

Chicago Public Schools’ proposed FY2017 budget remains out of balance, relying on uncertain funding and one-time measures in order to close a $1.1 billion operating deficit, according to an analysis by the MacArthur-supported Civic Federation. Read More
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Video: How Place Matters for Economic Mobility

The Urban Institute and the Metropolitan Planning Council hosted a day-long exploration of strategies to promote economic mobility for low-income families. Read More
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Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy

Inequality is a choice, not an inevitable byproduct of technology and globalization, according to a report by the Roosevelt Institute, recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Read More