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Evidence-Based Policymaking: A Guide for Effective Government

A report outlines a comprehensive framework to assist policymakers in building a system of evidence-based government, helping them to achieve substantially better results by funding and operating public programs that are proven to work. Read More
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Taking Stock of the Children’s Health Insurance Program

A report shows that the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a joint state-federal partnership, covered 8.1 million children at a cost of more than $13 billion in 2013. Read More
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Assessing City Fiscal Conditions

The National League of Cities’ 28th annual survey of city finance officers reveals improvement in both the overall economy and in city fiscal conditions. Read More
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Advancing the Use of Evidence in Social Policy

A brief from the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy outlines an increasing demand for and uptake of evidence-based approaches to policymaking, especially in the federal government. Read More
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Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Public Policies

A new online resource provides policymakers with an easy way to find information on the effectiveness of various programs as rated by eight national research clearinghouses. Read More

Results That Bring Change

MacArthur’s Interim President Julia Stasch and Policy Research Director Valerie Chang discuss the partnership between Pew and MacArthur through the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative. Read More
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Assessing State Health Care Spending

A collection of reports by the State Health Care Spending Project, a joint initiative of MacArthur and The Pew Charitable Trusts. Read More
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New Mexico’s Evidence-based Approach to Better Governance

A brief highlights the accomplishments of New Mexico’s work with the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative to use sophisticated cost-benefit analysis to inform policy and budget decisions. Read More
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Comparing State Spending on Employee Health Insurance

Spending on health insurance for state employees was up slightly in 2013 over the previous two years, with the cost varying widely from state to state, according to the State Health Care Spending Project. Read More
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Assessing State Prison Health Care Spending

Health care for prison inmates accounts for about a fifth of state correctional budgets, according to a report released by the State Health Care Spending Project. Read More
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Tracking Key Health Indicators

The amount a state spends on health care services is not necessarily correlated with better or worse health status, according to a report released as part of the State Health Care Spending Project. Read More
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Assessing State Medicaid Spending

The State Health Care Spending Project, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the MacArthur Foundation, released a 50-state study on Medicaid spending and enrollment trends. Read More
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Report Examines Capital Budgeting in States

The report offers a state-by-state analysis of the ways states are developing and implementing capital spending plans for investments such as roads, bridges, university buildings, prisons, water resources, and more. Read More
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Toolkit Helps State Budget Officers Implement Health Care Reforms

The MacArthur-supported toolkit addresses how to assess the impact of care delivery and payment reforms, evaluate Medicaid managed care expansions, and monitor the health insurance marketplace. Read More
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Civic Federation Warns Against Using Extended Tax Increase for New Spending in Illinois

The report calls on the state to use any increased revenue generated in the budget to stabilize state finances by significantly reducing the massive backlog of unpaid bills. Read More