Special Projects

Current Special Projects

  • Digital Badges

    Digital badges are an assessment and credentialing mechanism that is housed and managed online. Badges are designed to make visible and validate learning in both formal and informal settings, and hold the potential to help transform where and how learning is valued.   More ›

  • Digital Media & Learning Competition

    The 5th annual Digital Media and Learning Competition will provide $2 million for innovations in making a better web.  More ›

  • Digital Media & Learning Research

    Foundation-funded research is contributing to a growing body of evidence about how young people learn today especially with digital media  More ›

  • Discovery Grants

    Discovery Grants are awarded for exceptionally creative or innovative projects with high potential impact, but which do not fit into the Foundation's existing programs and strategies.  More ›

  • Housing Policy Research

    Compelling findings from a range of fields are revealing critical links between housing and other national policy issues.  More ›

  • How Housing Matters

    How Housing Matters to Families and Communities explores the notion that affordable housing may be an essential "platform" that promotes positive outcomes in education, employment, and physical and mental health, among other areas.   More ›

  • Improving the Nation’s Fiscal Future

    MacArthur supports projects to develop evidence and policy alternatives for addressing the country's deteriorating fiscal condition and to ensure a sound fiscal future. The Foundation is also committed to informing the American public and policymakers of the fiscal realities facing the country.  More ›

  • International Connections Fund

    The International Connections Fund supports two-way artistic exchanges that benefit Chicago arts and culture nonprofits and their peer organizations abroad.  More ›

  • The Power of Measuring Social Benefits

    The Power of Measuring Social Benefits is a $35 million policy research initiative that seeks to test the hypothesis that effective social policies that invest in individuals in need or at risk not only improve their life chances, but in many instances benefit the larger society and generate public returns long after assistance has ended.    More ›

  • What We’re Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

    In 2012, MacArthur began to explore new ways of understanding the complex and interconnected challenges faced by cities around the world, and new ways to plan, manage, and govern the solutions to address them. The effort aims to help identify new research, institutions, and interventions that may help urban practitioners and policymakers make better-informed decisions to improve the lives of urban residents, reduce environmental harm, and address other social issues. What is being learned will be widely disseminated.  More ›