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'How It's Being Done: Arts Business Training Across the U.S.'
January 27, 2015
Increasingly, state and local agencies, artist services organizations, and universities are offering training, resources, and technical assistance to help artists manage the business side of their creative practice, a report from the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts...
'Racial/Ethnic Differences in Uninsurance Rates Under the ACA'
January 21, 2015
With twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia planning (as of December 2014) to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, uninsurance rates are projected to fall across all racial/ethnic groups, with significant percentage-point drops projected among Latinos/Hispanics (from 31.2 percent to 19 percent) and American Indians/Alaska...
'Massachusetts' Evidence-Based Approach to Reducing Recidivism'
January 15, 2015
Prison education programs, graduated sanctions for parole violations, and electronic monitoring for those on probation can significantly reduce recidivism, improve public safety, and reduce criminal justice spending, an issue brief from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts finds. Based on an analysis of...
'PULSE 2020 Jobs and Gender Outlook'
January 12, 2015
Efforts to stimulate economic development and job growth must include initiatives to address the concentration of low-income women — especially single mothers — in low-wage jobs, a report from the Women's Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation finds. The report, PULSE 2020 Jobs and Gender Outlook (8 pages, PDF), found that while...
'Ready for Fall? Near-Term Effects of Voluntary Summer Learning Programs on Low-Income Students’ Learning Opportunities and Outcome'
January 6, 2015
Free, district-run summer-learning programs can help narrow the math achievement gap among low-income elementary school students, a RAND Corporation report finds. Commissioned by the Wallace Foundation, the report, Ready for Fall? Near-Term Effects of Voluntary Summer Learning Programs on Low-Income Students' Learning Opportunities and Outcome...
'Why "Where"? Because "Who": Art Venues, Spaces and Tradition'
January 3, 2015
To attract, engage, and retain audiences more effectively, many arts organizations are paying closer attention to place — the settings where arts experiences are offered, a report from the Irvine Foundation finds. The report, Why "Where"? Because "Who": Arts Venues, Spaces and Tradition (45 pages, PDF), argues that offering arts programming in...
'2014 Gun Law State Scorecard'
December 31, 2014
In the wake of the December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, thirty-seven states have passed ninety-nine laws aimed at strengthening gun regulation, including ten states that have enacted major overhauls of their gun laws, a study by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence finds. Funded in part by the Joyce...
'Constant Training: New Normal or Missed Opportunity?'
December 28, 2014
While journalists are interested in getting more training of all kinds, digital technology training is seen as the most important, a report from the Poynter Institute and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation finds. Based on a survey of thirty-one newsrooms, the report, Constant Training: New Normal or Missed Opportunity? (34 pages, PDF),...