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Building an Outcomes Orientation for Service Providers
June 15, 2019
Foundations and local, state, and federal government agencies that fund nonprofit service providers increasingly are taking an "outcomes-oriented" approach that emphasizes results as measured by predefined outcome metrics, putting more pressure on service providers to track outcomes and demonstrate impact, a report from the Urban...
What Is Your State Doing to Affect Access to Adequate Health Insurance?
June 12, 2019
Twenty-one states have taken no action to stabilize the individual insurance market created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and improve access to health insurance coverage, an interactive map from the Commonwealth Fund shows. What Is Your State Doing to Affect Access to Adequate Health Insurance? examines which of eight policy actions...
Born to Win, Schooled to Lose
June 6, 2019
Socioeconomic status and race affect children's life trajectories more than early achievement scores — not least because affluence provides opportunities, safe environments, and material supports that enable low-achieving students to improve their scores, earn a degree, and secure a good entry-level job, a report from Georgetown...
Investing in the Future: Women and Girls in All Their Diversity
June 3, 2019
A report from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria outlines the organization's ongoing efforts to advance the health and rights of girls and women around the world, with a focus on equity and equality as a critical component of its strategy. The report, Investing in the Future: Women and Girls in All Their Diversity (29...
2019 GLAAD Studio Responsibility Index
May 31, 2019
Hollywood is making uneven progress in the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer characters, a report from GLAAD finds. According to the 2019 GLAAD Studio Responsibility Index (HTML or PDF, 46 pages), twenty, or 18.2 percent, of the hundred and ten releases from seven major studios in 2018 included LGBTQ characters,...
Why Am I Always Being Researched?
May 28, 2019
Evaluations and research projects intended to increase programmatic impact must be designed to address the unequal power dynamic between community organizations, researchers, and funders, a publication from impact investor Chicago Beyond argues. Based on lessons learned by Chicago Beyond, the guide, Why Am I Always Being Researched? (112...
Ending Mass Incarceration: Ideas from Today's Leaders
May 22, 2019
A new report from the Brennan Center for Justice looks at calls from civil society and elected officials to reform the criminal justice system to address longstanding racial disparities and end the mass incarceration of African Americans. The report, Ending Mass Incarceration: Ideas from Today's Leaders, includes essays by author Ta-Nehisi...
Race in America 2019
May 19, 2019
A survey of more than sixty-six hundred Americans by the Pew Research Center finds that 58 percent — including 56 percent of white respondents and 71 percent of black respondents — think race relations in the United States are "generally bad." According to the report, Race in America 2019 (HTML or PDF, 50 pages), 56 percent of...
College and University Basic Needs Insecurity: A National #RealCollege Survey Report
May 16, 2019
Seven in ten students at community college and six in ten students at four-year colleges experienced food insecurity, housing insecurity, and/or homelessness during the previous year, a report from the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice finds. Based on a 2018 survey of nearly eighty-six thousand students at a hundred and...
Building on the ACA to Achieve Universal Coverage
May 13, 2019
While the Affordable Care Act has reduced the percentage of uninsured people in the United States from 16 percent to 9 percent, more can be done within its framework to achieve universal coverage, an analysis by the Brookings Institution argues. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the policy brief, Building on the ACA to Achieve...
People in Prison in 2018
May 10, 2019
At the end of 2018, there were an estimated 1,471,200 people in state and federal prisons, down 1.3 percent from year-end 2017 — including 1,291,000 people under state prison jurisdiction and 179,900 in the federal prison system, down 1.3 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively — a data brief from the Vera Institute of Justice finds. Funded...
Arts Vibrancy in Northwest Arkansas
May 7, 2019
Benton and Washington counties in northwest Arkansas have seen increased "arts vibrancy" since 2013, thanks to an established core of large arts and cultural institutions, a report from SMU DataArts (created in 2018 through the merger of Southern Methodist University's National Center for Arts Research and the nonprofit DataArts) finds....