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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.
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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.

"The Aging Game"

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Magazine
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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.
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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 ...
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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.
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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.