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'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...
'2015 National Employment & Disability Survey'
June 20, 2015
Americans with disabilities are working, actively preparing for employment, looking for work, seeking more hours, and successfully overcoming barriers in the workplace, a new report from the Kessler Foundation finds. Conducted by the University of New Hampshire, the 2015 National Employment & Disability Survey (37 pages, PDF) found that 68.4...
'Eyes on the Horizon: The Impact Investor Survey'
June 17, 2015
Impact investors report seeing progress on key indicators of market growth, including collaboration among investors, availability of opportunities, use of impact measurement standards, and  number of intermediaries with a demonstrated track record, a report from J.P. Morgan Social Finance and the Global Impact Investing Network finds.  Eyes on...
Support for Same-Sex Marriage at Record High, but Key Segments Remain Opposed
June 14, 2015
According to a national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, support for legalizing same-sex marriage jumped to a record 57 percent of the U.S. population in 2015, up from 42 percent in 2010, with only 39 percent opposed, down from 48 percent in the earlier survey. The report, Support for Same-Sex Marriage at Record High, but Key Segments...
'The Business Case for Racial Equity in Michigan'
June 11, 2015
Given that people of color account for 24 percent of Michigan's population, reducing racial inequities will not only improve life outcomes for groups that are directly affected by those inequities but also boost businesses in the state and overall economic performance, a report from the Altarum Institute and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation argues....
'Global Adult Tobacco Survey Atlas'
June 8, 2015
The prevalence of tobacco use in twenty-two countries surveyed ranges from 43 percent in Bangladesh to 6 percent in Nigeria and Panama, a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC Foundation, the World Health Organization, and the World Lung Foundation finds. According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey Atlas (HTML or...
'The Price of Jails: Measuring the Taxpayer Cost of Local Incarceration'
June 2, 2015
There are nearly twelve million local jail admissions every year — almost twenty times the number of prison admissions — and these jail systems cost local communities significantly more than the Justice Department's estimate of $22.2 billion in 2011, a report from the Vera Institute of Justice finds. Based on a survey of thirty-five local...
'Communications Strategies That Fast Track Policy Change'
May 27, 2015
To be effective, media and communications grantmaking aimed at fostering dialogue about solutions to social problems must be flexible enough to respond quickly to unexpected challenges and opportunities, and should engage the media, community, and policy makers from the outset, a study by the California Endowment, in partnership with Media Impact...
'Improving Abortion Access by Expanding Those Who Provide Care'
May 24, 2015
Even as states enacted two hundred and thirty-one restrictions on abortion care between 2011 and 2014, severely limiting women's access to the procedure, some states have introduced legislation to protect or expand access, a report from the Center for American Progress finds. According to the report, Improving Abortion Access by Expanding Those...
'Reducing Harms to Boys and Young Men of Color From Criminal Justice System Involvement'
May 21, 2015
Although it is commonly believed that lack of education, poor and violent neighborhoods, and troubled families lead to the involvement of many boys and young men of color with the juvenile and criminal justice systems, it is the disproportionate incarceration of African-American and, to a lesser but increasing extent, Latino boys and young men...