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Addressing the Foreclosure Crisis: Action-Oriented Research in Three Cities
January 20, 2010
The Urban Institute has issued a final report on its National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, a one-year effort to explore whether institutions could, in a relatively short time, acquire and utilize neighborhood-level data to influence local policy related to the foreclosure crisis. Funded by Fannie Mae, the report, Addressing the...
Latinos Online, 2006-2008: Narrowing the Gap
January 17, 2010
According to a new report from the Pew Hispanic Center, Internet use among Latino adults rose 10 percent between 2006 and 2008 — from 54 percent to 64 percent — compared to a 4 percent increase for whites. Based on surveys conducted by the center and the Pew Internet & American Life Project, the report, Latinos Online, 2006-2008:...
Evaluation of the School Administration Manager Project
January 14, 2010
The Wallace Foundation has issued an analysis of its School Administration Manager (SAM) project, which works to help principals delegate some of their administrative and managerial tasks so they can spend more time interacting with teachers, students, and others on instructional matters. Conducted by Policy Studies Associates, the Evaluation of...
Addressing Colorado's Primary Care Provider Shortage
January 11, 2010
The Colorado Health Professions Workforce Policy Collaborative, which is made up of thirty regional organizations and is funded by the Colorado Trust, has issued a report aimed at informing policy makers, healthcare professionals, workforce experts, educators, and the general public about the primary care provider shortage in the state. The...
Funder Collaboratives: Why and How Funders Work Together
January 8, 2010
A new guide from GrantCraft, a project of the Ford Foundation, offers information from foundation leaders on the advantages and challenges of funder collaboratives for donors and grantees, how successful joint ventures work, and how to get started. The guide, Funder Collaboratives: Why and How Funders Work Together (30 pages, PDF), also provides...
New Experiments in Minority Voter Mobilization
January 5, 2010
The James Irvine Foundation has issued the third and final report in its California Votes Initiative, which has been working since 2006 to increase voter participation rates among infrequent voters, especially in the state's low-income and ethnic communities. The report, New Experiments in Minority Voter Mobilization (20 pages, PDF), examines the...
Why Are Young Children Missed So Often in the Census?
January 2, 2010
A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count initiative finds that more than a million young children under the age of 10 and more than 750,000 children under the age of 5 went uncounted in the 2000 census. Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's demographic analysis, the report, Why Are Young Children Missed So Often in the...
Student Debt and the Class of 2008
December 30, 2009
College seniors who graduated in 2008 carried record amounts of student debt while being faced with soaring unemployment rates, according to a new report from the Project on Student Debt. The report, Student Debt and the Class of 2008 (12 pages, PDF), found that 2008 graduates carried an average of $23,200 in student loan debt, while unemployment...
What Helps Leaders Grow: Highlights From the Fund for Leadership Advancement
December 27, 2009
The James Irvine Foundation has issued a report that shares lessons learned from an initiative that was designed to improve the leadership abilities of executive directors at selected Irvine grantees. Based on an evaluation of twenty grantees conducted by BTW, a strategic consulting firm based in Berkeley, the report, What Helps Leaders Grow:...
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Care Consumer Confidence Index
December 11, 2009
After a sharp rise in October, consumer confidence in their health care fell last month to levels closer to those seen throughout most of 2009, according to the latest Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Care Consumer Confidence Index (19 pages, PDF). The monthly index fell from 104.4 points in October to 96.9 points in November; since the...
2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts
December 21, 2009
According to a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts, nearly 35 percent of Americans (some 78 million) attended an arts performance during 2008 — down from about 40 percent in 1982, 1992, and 2002. Conducted in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (104 pages, PDF) is based on...
The Status of the Teaching Profession 2009
December 18, 2009
Many California high school teachers lack the preparation, skills, and support they need to help their students learn, a new report from the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning finds. Based on a survey by SRI International, the report, The Status of the Teaching Profession 2009 (150 pages, PDF), found that just 68 percent of the...
All Volunteer Force: From Military to Civilian Service
December 15, 2009
According to a new report from Civic Enterprises, an overwhelming majority of soldiers who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan would like to volunteer when they return from their tours of duty, but many of them feel disconnected from the communities they return to. Funded by Target and the Case Foundation, the report, All Volunteer Force: From...
Fiscal Haiku
December 12, 2009
The Peter G. Peterson Foundation has launched a Fiscal Haiku project to encourage individuals to express their thoughts and concerns about the state of America's finances in the familiar seventeen-syllable haiku form. Visitors to the site can read, rate, and/or submit their own, like this one: "Basic principle / We can't spend what we don't have...