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Unbreakable: Building the Resilience of the Poor in the Face of Natural Disasters
November 23, 2016
Because the poor tend to work in sectors that are vulnerable to extreme weather events, live in fragile housing in high-risk areas, and have fewer resources, they are disproportionately affected by natural disasters and often are driven deeper into poverty when disasters occur, a report from the World Bank and Global Facility for Disaster...
The Geography of Incarceration
November 20, 2016
The rate of incarceration in some high-poverty Boston neighborhoods has reached a "tipping point" where any further increase would damage the social ties that contribute to neighborhood stability and negatively affect public safety, a report from the Boston Foundation, Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC), and the...
3 Strategies for Building Equitable and Resilient Communities
November 17, 2016
Decades of discriminatory policy and practices have resulted in low-income communities and communities of color bearing a disproportionate burden of the effects of climate change, a report from the Center for American Progress finds. The report, 3 Strategies for Building Equitable and Resilient Communities (11 pages, PDF), outlines strategies to...
Independent Evaluation of the Jim Joseph Foundation's Education Initiative: Final Report
November 14, 2016
A five-year, $45 million initiative of the Jim Joseph Foundation to boost the number of educators and educational leaders who are prepared to design and implement high-quality Jewish education programs succeeded in improving the capacity of institutions to meet the professional learning needs in the field, an evaluation commissioned by the...
Clear the Air for Children: The Impact of Air Pollution on Children
November 8, 2016
Three hundred million children worldwide live in places where the air is toxic, exceeding by at least a factor of six the World Health Organization's limits on particulate matter per cubic meter, a report from UNICEF finds. According to the report, Clear the Air for Children: The Impact of Air Pollution on Children (100 pages, PDF), air pollution...
No More Half Measures
November 5, 2016
Funders, no matter their size or willingness to make long-term commitments, need better strategies in support of capacity building for policy advocacy efforts, a report commissioned by Atlantic Philanthropies argues. The report from the Center for Evaluation Innovation, No More Half Measures: Five Ways Foundations Can Better Support Policy...
Building Principal Pipelines: A Job That Urban Districts Can Do
November 2, 2016
It is possible for large urban school districts to implement the key elements needed to build a strong principal pipeline and see benefits quickly, a report from the Wallace Foundation finds. Based on an ongoing evaluation of the foundation's six-year, $85 million Principal Pipeline Initiative, the report, Building Principal Pipelines: A Job that...
Child Care and Health in America
October 30, 2016
American parents rate the quality of the child care their children receive much higher than do experts, a survey conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and National Public Radio, finds. Based on a survey of more than eleven hundred parents or guardians of children in...
Experiments in Arts Engagement: Case Studies
October 27, 2016
California arts organizations seeking to broaden their audiences to reflect the state's socioeconomic diversity must invest time, build trust, and partner well, a report from the James Irvine Foundation finds. The report, Experiments in Arts Engagement: Case Studies (20 pages, PDF), highlights challenges, solutions, and lessons learned from case...
New Tools to Amplify Impact: A Pay-for-Success Guide to Building Nonprofit Capacity
October 21, 2016
Tools being developed to conduct due diligence with respect to pay-for-success projects, or social impact bonds, could also help build nonprofit organizations' capacity to track and measure outcomes, a report from Social Finance suggests. The report, New Tools to Amplify Impact: A Pay-for-Success Guide to Building Nonprofit Capacity (66 pages,...
Status of Hispanic Older Adults: Insights From the Field
October 18, 2016
Latino seniors are likely to lack retirement savings, access to health insurance, and affordable housing, a report from the National Hispanic Council on Aging finds. Based on a literature review, community forums, and a survey, the report, Status of Hispanic Older Adults: Insights From the Field (33 pages, PDF), found that Latino seniors also...
The State of American Jobs
October 15, 2016
A majority of American adults see continuous training and skills development as "essential" (54 percent) or "important" (33 percent) to a successful long-term career, a report from the Pew Research Center finds. Based on a survey conducted in association with the Markle Foundation, the report, The State of American Jobs (95 pages, PDF), found...