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Unleashing Africa's Entrepreneurs
August 1, 2015
Securing start-up capital and operating costs pose the greatest challenges for emerging entrepreneurs across the African continent, a report from the Africapitalism Institute, the research and policy arm of the Tony Elumelu Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria, finds. Based on a survey of more than five thousand entrepreneurs in nearly every country in...
Creative New York
July 29, 2015
Employment in New York City's nonprofit and for-profit arts sector increased 13 percent between 2003 and 2013, a report from the Center for an Urban Future finds. According to Creative New York (68 pages, PDF), a total of 295,755 people worked in creative industries — which include advertising, architecture, broadcasting, design, film and...
Mental Health and the Role of the States
July 26, 2015
In 2013, an estimated 18.5 percent of the adult population in the United States had suffered from a mental illness in the previous year, while 4.1 percent were diagnosed with a serious mental illness, a report from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts finds. According to the report, Mental Health and the...
Growing Together, Learning Together
July 23, 2015
Leadership, coordination, data, and quality are the essential building blocks of a successful citywide afterschool system, a report from the Wallace Foundation finds. The report, Growing Together, Learning Together (36 pages, PDF), highlights the latest thinking on building and sustaining an afterschool system — as well as the challenges and...
Americans' Internet Access: 2000-2015
July 20, 2015
While the percentage of Americans 18 and older who use the Internet increased from 52 percent in 2000 to 84 percent in 2015, digital gaps persist for older adults, those with less educational attainment, and those in lower-income households, a survey from the Pew Research Center finds. According to Americans' Internet Access: 2000-2015 (13 pages,...
Learning Together: Actionable Approaches for Grantmakers
July 17, 2015
To ensure that programs and grants are founded on a real-world understanding of the issues they seek to address, grantmakers need to share what they are learning with other funders, nonprofit organizations, community members and leaders, government and business partners, and researchers, a report from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations...
'Changing the Odds: The Race for Results in Atlanta'
July 14, 2015
While Atlanta has a rich legacy of African-American and white civic leaders working for equal rights, the city remains divided between wealthier majority-white communities and poorer majority-black neighborhoods, with race remaining a major predictor of life outcomes for the city's children, a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds. The...
'Building Momentum From the Ground Up: A Toolkit for Promoting Justice in Policing'
July 11, 2015
To help address and mitigate the consequences of discriminatory policing and mass incarceration, the Center for Popular Democracy has published a toolkit for organizers, elected officials, and community members seeking to enact local law enforcement policy reforms. The report, Building Momentum From the Ground Up: A Toolkit for Promoting Justice...
'Multiracial in America'
July 2, 2015
According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, 60 percent of multiracial Americans say they are proud of their mixed-race background, while 59 percent feel their racial heritage has made them more open to other cultures. Multiracial in America (156 pages, PDF), the report based on the survey, also found that while the U.S. census estimates...
'Youth Hold the Key: Building Your Workforce Today and in the Future'
June 29, 2015
To meet employers' demand for young workers and reduce youth unemployment, more should and can be done to tap the potential of "opportunity youth" — those without a college degree who are disconnected from work and school, a report from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bridgespan Group, and Bain & Company finds. Based on a survey of three...
'Taking Out the Guesswork: A Guide to Using Research to Build Arts Audiences'
June 26, 2015
Surveys, focus groups, and other research strategies are an important tool for arts groups looking to reach new audiences, retain their existing audiences, and build support, a report from the Wallace Foundation argues. The report, Taking Out the Guesswork: A Guide to Using Research to Build Arts Audiences (197 pages, PDF), draws on ten case...
'Centered on Results: Assessing the Impact of Student-Centered Learning'
June 23, 2015
Student-centered learning — personalized, competency-based learning that incorporates the student's own interests and skill sets and encourages students to take ownership — has meaningful positive effects on student achievement and engagement, a report from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation finds. The report, Centered on Results: Assessing...