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Challenges On the Home Front: Underemployment Hits Veterans Hard
November 21, 2017
Military veterans, who account for 8.3 percent of the U.S. adult population, are struggling to find meaningful employment after service, a report from the Call of Duty Endowment and ZipRecruiter finds. Based on data and surveys of ZipRecruiter platform users, the report, Challenges On the Home Front: Underemployment Hits Veterans Hard (21 pages,...
The Engagement Revolution
November 18, 2017
To ensure success, funding in support of nonprofit arts organizations' efforts to engage a broader audience — especially ethnically diverse or low-income audiences — should include investments in organizational infrastructure, leadership development, and learning communities, as well as a commitment to collaborations that address system-level...
The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight
November 15, 2017
Children age 8 and younger spend an average of two hours and nineteen minutes a day with screen media, about the same as they did in 2011, but the share that is spent with mobile media is growing rapidly, a report from Common Sense Media finds. The report, The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight (64 pages, PDF), found that...
Scaling Civic Tech: Paths to a Sustainable Future
November 12, 2017
Startups have struggled to develop meaningfully scaled and sustainable business models for civic tech — technology used to inform, engage, and connect residents with government and one another and advance civic outcomes, a report commissioned by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Rita Allen Foundation finds. Based on a landscape...
Global Nutrition Report 2017: Nourishing the SDGs
November 9, 2017
Improving nutrition must be a top priority in efforts to end poverty, fight disease, raise educational standards, and/or tackle climate change, a report from Development Initiatives Poverty Research argues. According to The Global Nutrition Report 2017: Nourishing the SDGs (115 pages, PDF), the number of chronically and acutely malnourished...
Assessing Research-Practice Partnerships: Five Dimensions of Effectiveness
November 6, 2017
While research-practice partnerships (RPPs) have emerged as a promising strategy for bringing together researchers and practitioners interested in addressing issues in K-12 education, a framework is needed to define and measure the effectiveness of such collaborations, a report from the W.T. Grant Foundation finds. To help RPPs demonstrate their...
National Organizations Empowering Communities to Improve Population Health
November 3, 2017
Coordinating the efforts of national organizations to provide funding, training, and technical assistance aimed at helping local communities create healthier policies, systems, and environments (PSE) can be an effective model for improving residents' health and promoting healthy behaviors, a report from Partnering4Health, an initiative funded by...
Raising the Barre & Stretching the Canvas
October 31, 2017
High-quality art classes can be incorporated into a multidisciplinary youth serving organization's afterschool programming successfully with adequate resources, leadership commitment, and childhood development training for the artist-teachers, a report from Research for Action and McClanahan Associates finds. Commissioned by the Wallace...
The Effects of Statewide Private School Choice on College Enrollment and Graduation
October 28, 2017
Private school choice programs that enable low-income students to attend private schools can boost college enrollment and graduation rates among participating students, a report from the Urban Institute finds. The report, The Effects of Statewide Private School Choice on College Enrollment and Graduation (52 pages, PDF), found that students who...
Social Justice at the Surdna Foundation
October 25, 2017
The Surdna Foundation's commitment to address social justice issues explicitly has required difficult and ongoing conversations, a broad understanding of long-term systemic change, and acknowledgement that the work will never be "done," a report from the foundation finds. Based on interviews with former and current Surdna board members, staff,...
U.S. Resettles Fewer Refugees, Even as Global Number of Displaced People Grows
October 22, 2017
For decades, the United States accepted and resettled more refugees as the number of people displaced by conflict, violence, or persecution worldwide increased, but in recent years that number has not kept pace with the surge in the global refugee population, a report from the Pew Research Center finds. Based on an analysis of United Nations High...
Opportunity for Growth
October 19, 2017
Eliminating barriers to opportunity and making metro-area economies more inclusive can boost economic growth, a report from the Brookings Institution finds. The report, Opportunity for Growth: How Reducing Barriers to Economic Inclusion Can Benefit Workers, Firms, and Local Economies (45 pages, PDF), found that the more inclusive a regional...
The Competitive Advantage of Racial Equity
October 16, 2017
A focus on supporting equitable outcomes for employees, customers, and communities of color can help businesses secure a competitive advantage, a report from FSG in partnership with PolicyLink finds. The report, The Competitive Advantage of Racial Equity (32 pages, PDF), found that companies are finding new sources of growth and profit in...
Worldwide Trends in Body-Mass Index From 1975 to 2016
October 13, 2017
The number of obese children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 19 worldwide has risen tenfold over the past four decades, a report from the World Health Organization and Imperial College London finds. According to the report, Worldwide Trends in Body-Mass Index, Underweight, Overweight, and Obesity From 1975 to 2016 (16 pages, PDF),...