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How Much Can High-Quality Pre-K Reduce Achievement Gaps?
April 30, 2016
Research evidence suggests that a high-quality national universal pre-K program would significantly reduce achievement gaps in math and reading at the time of kindergarten entry, a report from the Center for American Progress finds. Based on an analysis of the outcomes of large-scale, highly effective programs in Tulsa and Boston, the report, How...
Supporting a Thriving Bay Area Performing Arts Ecosystem: A Mid-Point Assessment of the Hewlett Foundation's Performing Arts Program
April 27, 2016
An evaluation of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's strategic framework for its Performing Arts Program, implemented in 2012 following a budget cut, finds that its multiyear grants, general operating support, capacity and infrastructure support, and intermediary grantmaking have been essential to the Bay Area's arts ecosystem. The report,...
Underwater Treasures of the High Seas
April 24, 2016
A new United Nations convention that calls for better coordination of efforts to protect the oceans could greatly enhance the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity, a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts argues. According to the report, Underwater Treasures of the High Seas (24 pages, PDF), one important way to achieve that is...
How Do Peace Agreements Treat Natural Resources?
April 21, 2016
Despite evidence that natural resources play a significant role in fueling violent conflict around the world, most ceasefire and peace agreements do not address the issue in a meaningful way, a report from Forest Trends and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation finds. The report, How Do Peace Agreements Treat Natural Resources? (17...
Quiet Recreation on BLM-Managed Lands: Economic Contribution 2014
April 18, 2016
“Quiet recreation” —  recreational activities that generally do not involve significant use of motorized equipment — on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management bring significant economic benefits to local communities, a report prepared by ECONorthwest, with funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts, finds. The report, Quiet...
Good Jobs for All: Racial Inequities in Job Quality
April 15, 2016
African Americans and Latinos are more likely than other groups to not only have low-paying jobs, but to have low-quality jobs, a report from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) finds. As defined in the report, Good Jobs for All: Racial Inequities in Job Quality (14 pages, PDF), quality jobs provide decent wages, a fair work schedule,...
Finance for Climate Resilience in the Dawn of the Paris Era
April 9, 2016
The framework established at the December 2015 United Nations conference on climate change to limit carbon emissions and build climate resilience requires a fundamental shift in financing for such efforts, an issue brief from the Center for American Progress argues. According to the brief, Finance for Climate Resilience in the Dawn of the Paris...
Arts Infusion Initiative, 2010-15: Evaluation Report
April 3, 2016
An arts education initiative supported by the Chicago Community Trust helped improve the life skills and career readiness of at-risk youth as well as young people in temporary detention, an evaluation by the Urban Institute finds. Commissioned by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, with funding from CCT, the Arts Infusion Initiative,...
Indigenous Latin America in the Twenty-First Century
March 31, 2016
The first decade of the twenty-first century saw the development of a number of international treaties and declarations reaffirming indigenous peoples' aspiration to self-determination across Latin America, a report from the World Bank finds. The report, Indigenous Latin America in the Twenty-First Century (120 pages, PDF), found, however, that...
Investing in Tomorrow: Helping Families Build Savings and Assets
March 28, 2016
Given that  financial instability causes daily stress that is harmful to child development, families need savings and assets to help children realize their full potential, a policy brief from the Annie E. Casey Foundation argues. The brief, Investing in Tomorrow: Helping Families Build Savings and Assets (5 pages, PDF), notes that nearly half of...