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2016 Creative State Michigan Creative Industry Report
May 24, 2016
Employment and wages in Michigan's creative industries rose between 2011 and 2014, a report from Creative Many Michigan finds. The report, 2016 Creative State Michigan Creative Industry Report (160 pages, PDF), examined the employment, wages, and number of establishments in twelve creative industries — advertising; architecture; art schools,...
Engaging Communities in Reducing Gun Violence
May 21, 2016
Homicide was the leading cause of death for African-American males between the ages of 15 and 34 in 2014 and the second-leading cause of death for Latino males, while the justice system response — including intrusive policing tactics and overreliance on incarceration — did little to stabilize the most affected neighborhoods, a report from the...
Bridging the Gap: Impact Investment Supply and Demand in the Chicago Region
May 18, 2016
The gap between the demand for and supply of impact investment capital in the Chicagoland area is as much as $100 million, a figure that could rise to $400 million in coming years, a report from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust finds. According to the report, Bridging the Gap: Impact Investment...
A New Power Grid: Building Healthy Communities at Year 5
May 15, 2016
The California Endowment's place-based initiatives to provide better conditions for young people growing up in underserved communities have included successful efforts to improve access to health services and opportunities, a progress report from the endowment finds. The report, A New Power Grid: Building Healthy Communities at Year 5 (28 pages,...
Parents 2016: Hearts & Minds of Parents in an Uncertain World
May 12, 2016
Parents of K-8 students in America are most concerned about their ability to pay for their child's college education (53 percent), followed by the peer pressure with which their child must deal (50 percent), challenges to his or her emotional well-being (48 percent), bullying (45 percent), and their child's online (45 percent) and physical (44...
Empowering Adults to Thrive at Work: Personal Success Skills for 21st Century Jobs
May 9, 2016
Efforts to support chronic un-and underemployed adults should include strengthening their "personal success skills" — basic job readiness, self-directed learning, self-management, personal responsibility, effective communication, career management, and everyday problem solving, a report from the Joyce Foundation and SRI International finds....
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,...