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Mississippi to Adopt System to Measure Spending Effectiveness

Mississippi officials are adopting an approach that is designed to help states assess the costs and benefits of policy options and specific programs and use that data to make budget decisions based on results Read More
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Assessing the Effect of Social Benefits

The December 2012 issue of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis (JBCA) explores whether government programs that benefit individuals improve the broader well-being of society. Read More
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Understanding and Managing State Health Care Costs

The State Health Care Spending Project is a joint initiative of the Pew Center on the States and MacArthur. Read More
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Studying the Impact of New Technology on Democratic Institutions

Opening Government, a MacArthur supported research initiative, seeks to study the impact of technology on democratic institutions in the United States and globally. Read More

Q&A: State Health Care Costs

The Q&A explores how health care costs are contributing to states’ fiscal troubles, the factors driving up these costs, and how the State Health Care Spending Project aims to provide answers to these questions. Read More
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Evaluating Public Education in Illinois

An assessment of Illinois public education shows that the state’s academic performance has remained flat for much of the past decade, and asserts that absent serious effort and change, its prospects for improvement are slim. Read More

The Future of Law and Neuroscience

The program will feature a law and neuroscience curriculum specifically designed for lawyers, and will draw on new research from the MacArthur Foundation Research Network. Read More
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The Fiscal State of Illinois

The report details threats to Illinois’ public services and fiscal sustainability as well as actions that can be taken to address those issues, including adopting a non-political revenue forecasting process, pension reforms, and tax reforms. Read More

The Fiscal State of Illinois

On October 24, the State Budget Crisis Task Force will be releasing its findings on the specific threats confronting the state of Illinois. Read More

Chicago Premiere of New Documentary: "The Line"

The documentary explores the emerging and entrenched faces of poverty, including an ex-banker who now relies on a food pantry, and an aging fisherman whose shrimp catching business has been devastated by the Gulf oil spill. Read More

World Premiere of New Documentary: "The Line"

The documentary explores the emerging and entrenched faces of poverty, including an ex-banker who now relies on a food pantry, and an aging fisherman whose shrimp catching business has been devastated by the Gulf oil spill. Read More
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Online Game “Budget Hero” Releases Election Edition

An interactive game that allows players to experience the challenges of balancing the federal budget has been updated for the election year. Read More
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Widening Gaps in Life Expectancy Reflect Race, Gender, and Education

Although longevity has increased in the United States as a whole since 1990, the gap in life expectancy between Americans with the least and the most education is widening, according to research by scholars in the ... Read More
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Analyzing the States' Budget Crisis

The State Budget Crisis Task Force details the extent of states’ fiscal problems and fiscal sustainability in the wake of the global financial crisis. Read More

Foundation's Results First Work Informs OMB Evidence-Based Initiative

The Foundation's work to support the use of benefit-cost analysis tools to help states provide the best outcomes for citizens while improving fiscal health is influencing policy. Read More