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How COVID-19 Affected the Quality of Work
May 11, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequities in the labor market, as exposure to the virus, layoffs, income loss, and lack of remote work options have disproportionately impacted Latinx and Black workers and those with lower education and income levels, a report from Gallup, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and...
STEM Jobs See Uneven Progress in Increasing Gender, Racial and Ethnic Diversity
May 8, 2021
Black and Latinx workers remain underrepresented in STEM fields, both in higher education and in the workforce, while the representation of women in STEM varies widely from field to field, a report from the Pew Research Center finds. Based on an analysis of 2017-19 federal government data, the report, STEM Jobs See Uneven Progress in Increasing...
An Evaluation of Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit Rounds 1-3: 2015–2017
May 5, 2021
The Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit (KIP:D) initiative helped improve quality of life in the city by creating new assets for residents, fostering a greater sense of safety, and increasing community vibrancy, an evaluation by the University of Michigan School of Social Work's Program Evaluation Group finds. The report, An Evaluation of Kresge...
Listening to what trust in news means to users: qualitative evidence from four countries
May 2, 2021
Public trust in news organizations often revolves around uninformed impressions related to brand identity and is rarely rooted in the details of an organization's reporting practices or editorial standards, a report from the Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford finds. Based on interviews and focus groups held in early 2021 in Brazil,...
Community-Based Models to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes and Promote Health Equity
April 29, 2021
Equity-centered approaches to maternity care could help reduce rising rates of maternal mortality in the U.S. among women of color, an issue brief from the Commonwealth Fund finds. According to the brief, Community-Based Models to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes and Promote Health Equity, spending on maternity care does not necessarily translate...
COVID-19 and the impact on local peacebuilding
April 26, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic and responses to it are exacerbating many of the underlying causes of conflict, particularly inequality, a report from Humanity United, Conducive Space for Peace, and Peace Direct finds. Based on input from more than four hundred peacebuilders in more than sixty countries, the report, COVID-19 and the impact on local...
New York State Census Equity Fund: Documentation & Evaluation Report
April 23, 2021
A report from the New York Community Trust evaluates the three-year, $3.6 million effort by the New York State Census Equity Fund — a funder collaborative comprising thirty-seven institutional donors — to ensure a fair and full count of New Yorkers statewide for the 2020 census. Based on survey, interview, and secondary data, the report, New...
WE-Making: How Arts & Culture Unite People to Work Toward Community Well-Being
April 20, 2021
Place-based arts and cultural practices, also known as creative placemaking, can help foster social cohesion, which in turn promotes community well-being, a report from Metris Arts Consulting, in partnership with PolicyLink and the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine, finds. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the...
Perceptions of Discrimination and Unfair Judgment While Seeking Health Care
April 17, 2021
Black Americans are more than twice as likely as Latinx individuals and nearly three times as likely as white Americans to report experiencing discrimination or negative judgments in healthcare settings, a report from the Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds. Based on a survey fielded in September 2020 of more than four...
America After 3PM: Demand Grows, Opportunity Shrinks
April 11, 2021
Unmet demand for afterschool programming is at an all-time high, especially in traditionally underserved communities, a report from the Wallace Foundation finds. Based on a survey conducted in early 2020 of more than thirty-one thousand U.S. households and a follow-up survey of a subset of more than fourteen thousand, the report, America After...
KFF and Washington Post Frontline Health Care Workers Survey
April 8, 2021
A year-plus into the COVID-19 pandemic, frontline healthcare workers say the public health crisis is taking a toll on their physical and mental health, a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Washington Post finds. Based on responses from more than thirteen hundred healthcare workers, the KFF and Washington Post Frontline...
A Public Health Crisis Decades in the Making: A Review of 2019 CDC Gun Mortality Data
April 5, 2021
Nearly 40,000 Americans lost their lives to guns in 2019, including nearly 24,000, or 60 percent, who used a gun to commit suicide, a report from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and its affiliate, the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, finds. According to the report, A Public Health Crisis Decades in the Making: A Review of 2019 CDC Gun...