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Independent Analysis of Presidential Candidates’ Tax Plans

The Presidential Tax Calculator, created in partnership with Vox, allows people to calculate how the various proposals would impact them and their families. Read More
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Pew and MacArthur Renew Partnership for Results First

Results First now works with 22 states and four counties to provide policymakers with tools to make the most informed decisions on how to spend limited taxpayer dollars. Read More
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Young People’s Vision for Change in 2016

A report by the Roosevelt Institute, recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, puts forth a crowdsourced policy agenda for addressing issues of importance to college-aged students. Read More
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Fewer Women Ages 65 and Over Living Alone

A report finds the share of older Americans who live alone has fallen 3% since 1990, largely because women ages 65 to 84 are increasingly likely to live with their spouse or their children. Read More
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Researching the Impact of Open Data

A website developed by the GovLab in partnership with the Omidyar Network provides a repository of case studies on diverse open data initiatives from around the world. Read More
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California Improves Criminal Justice through Evidence

A video from the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative shows how California county officials, when grappling with the Public Safety Realignment Act, used evidence to invest in criminal justice programs that are most effective and cost-efficient. Read More
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Plan Proposed to Stabilize Illinois Finances

The Civic Federation, a MacArthur grantee, has proposed a comprehensive three-year plan to address Illinois' ongoing financial crisis with spending limits and revenue enhancements. Read More
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Lessons From the Great Recession

A report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that measures taken to stem the 2008 Great Recession and financial crisis prevented the economy from tumbling into a 1930s-style Great Depression. Read More
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Evidence-Based Policymaking in Four California Counties

A case study from the Pew-MacArthur Results First initiative describes how four California counties have used evidence-based policymaking to meet the challenges of the state’s criminal justice reform effort. Read More
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Progress in Supporting Evidence-Based Policymaking

Minnesota governor Mark Dayton recently signed into law bipartisan legislation that will help state policymakers study the effectiveness of corrections and human services programs. Read More
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Mental Health and the Role of the States

A report by the State Health Care Spending Project, a joint initiative of MacArthur and The Pew Charitable Trusts, seeks to better explain the country’s mental health challenges and, in particular, the states’ role in ... Read More
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Assessing the Effectiveness of Government Programs

An issue brief from the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative provides a process that government leaders can use to assess the cost-effectiveness of public programs. Read More
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Family Support in Aging Societies

A report by the Pew Research Center finds that majorities of adults across the United States, Italy, and Germany believe adult children have a responsibility to provide financial assistance to an aging parent in need. Read More
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Assessing the Cost of Political Uncertainty

A video explores the financial costs of times of political uncertainty, and shows that during a month in which politics are in flux, the cost to the global economy can be roughly $15 billion. Read More
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Reworking the Economy to Reduce Inequality

The Roosevelt Institute has released a comprehensive policy agenda for reducing inequality and improving economic performance by overhauling the laws and institutions that shape the economy. Read More