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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
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Research Universities and the Future of America

Research universities have made critical contributions to the American economy and society. However, persistent funding challenges threaten the vitality of U.S. research universities, according to a report requested by Congress. Read More
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Better Results, Lower Costs in Washington State

This brief by Results First, a joint initiative of MacArthur and the Pew Center on the States, highlights how Washington state has applied effectively cost-benefit analysis to criminal justice programs. Read More
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Helping States Make Informed Policy Choices

Results First, a joint initiative of MacArthur and the Pew Center on the States, is helping states assess the costs and benefits of policy options and use that data to make decisions based on the results. Read More

Results First State Convening

Results First, a project of The Pew Center on the States and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Invites you to the second annual Results First State Convening. Read More

Examining the Fiscal Health of City Governments

The National League of Cities will examine the fiscal health of city governments across the U.S. as they recover from the recession. Read More

Robert Gallucci Addresses the City Club of Chicago

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America’s Fiscal Future: Making Difficult Choices

The MacArthur Foundation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago held a discussion with the co-chairs of the expert committee that produced the non-partisan report, Choosing the Nation’s Fiscal Future: Dr. John Palmer University Professor ... Read More

Webcast: National Briefing on Our Budget and Economy

Groups will be gathering across the country to watch the webcast in preparation for this summer’s National Discussion on our Budget and Economy, which will engage a diverse group of thousands of Americans on June ... Read More

The Aging of America: Challenges and Opportunities

A discussion with Dr. John Rowe Professor, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health Former CEO, Aetna Chair, MacArthur Research Network on an Aging Society and Dr. S. Jay Olshansky Professor, School of Public Health, University of ... Read More

2008 Benefit-Cost Analysis Conference

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is funding a national policy forum hosted by the University of Washington's Benefit-Cost Analysis Center. The conference seeks to: Examine the role of benefit-cost analysis in social ... Read More

State Budgets Under Stress: Paths to Sustainability

States have been through a series of tough budget cycles in the last years and some suggest more stress is ahead. The Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago, New York and Philadelphia in partnership with the John ... Read More

The Human Side of the Fiscal Crisis

Though it is clear that the United States faces an untenable fiscal situation, needed changes have not yet been made. This is in part due to the fact that the policies are difficult and the politics ... Read More
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Evidence-Based Policy Advances

Workforce Innovation Fund will support the development and scale-up of evidence-based interventions to improve education and employment outcomes for U.S. workers. Read More

Grantee Hosts Bipartisan Budget Forum

The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, hosted the forum on how the federal government can avoid budget catastrophe, featuring theoretical and modeling work supported by the Foundation. Read More