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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),...
The Nutrition Services Program Outcomes Evaluation
October 10, 2017
The Department of Health and Human Services' Nutrition Services Program not only helps alleviate hunger and food insecurity among low-income older adults, it also provides them with opportunities to enrich their social lives, a fact sheet from Mathematic Policy Research argues. The Nutrition Services Program Outcomes Evaluation (2 pages, PDF)...
Education in America: The Views of Millennials
October 7, 2017
Nearly half of millennials give the nation's public schools a grade of "C," while roughly three-quarters agree that students from low-income families receive an inferior education than those from wealthy families, a report from the GenForward project at the University of Chicago finds. Based on a survey of more than eighteen hundred millennials...
Global, Regional, and Subregional Classification of Abortions by Safety, 2010-14
October 4, 2017
Of the abortions performed worldwide between 2010 and 2014, 45 percent were "unsafe" — that is, not provided by a trained health worker using a WHO-recommended method — and involved risk of severe complications and/or death, a report from the World Health Organization and the Guttmacher Institute finds. The report, Global, Regional, and...
State of the Field: A Report From the Documentary Sustainability Summit
October 1, 2017
The sustainability of the documentary film field depends on robust cross-sector connectivity, peer networks, and public-sector engagement, a report from the National Endowment for the Arts and the International Documentary Association finds. The report, State of the Field: A Report From the Documentary Sustainability Summit (44 pages, PDF), ...
Clearing the Jobs Pathway: Removing Non-Academic Barriers to Adult Student Completion
September 28, 2017
Despite the progress made in tailoring academic and training programs to meet emerging workforce demands, many adult students face non-academic barriers to enrolling in such programs — including poverty, food and housing insecurity, lack of child care, and limited computer or Internet access, a report from the Indiana Institute for Working...
Atlantic Insights: Giving While Living
September 25, 2017
The decision to make Atlantic Philanthropies a limited-life foundation is a reflection of founder Chuck Feeney's interest in doing things quickly, making a difference within a relatively short period of time, and having something tangible to show for it, a publication from the foundation finds. Atlantic Insights: Giving While Living (56 pages,...
Climate Resilient & Equitable Water Systems Capital Scan
September 22, 2017
The most effective philanthropic strategies for improving water infrastructure, advancing climate resilience, and protecting low-income communities from flooding include a full suite of financial tools, including grants, program-related investments, and market-rate investments, a report from Mission Point Partners and California Environmental...