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Economica
November 21, 2009
The latest online exhibit from the International Museum of Women explores women's experiences with and contributions to the global economy. Visitors to Economica, as the exhibit is called, can browse topic pages with links to podcasts, essays, slide shows, and interviews with experts on subjects such as basic rights, microenterprise, and marriage...
Building a Foundation for Family Economic Success
November 18, 2009
According to a new report from the Working Poor Families Project, the twenty-five nonprofits participating in the initiative have helped generate or preserve more than $2.5 billion in state investments in low-income working families. Prepared by South by North Strategies, the report, Building a Foundation for Family Economic Success (20 pages,...
National Family Literacy Month Online Activities
November 15, 2009
November is National Family Literacy Month, and the National Center for Family Literacy has partnered with the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to develop interactive online resources that introduce children of different age groups to historical events and themes. Funded in part by the Verizon Foundation, the resources include an...
Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Parent Attitudinal Survey
November 12, 2009
With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation has issued the results (10 pages, PDF) of a recent survey which found that the vast majority of parents want their children's schools to limit students' access to high-calorie chips, sodas, and candy as well as offer kids opportunities for physical...
Rising Senior Unemployment and the Need to Work at Older Ages
November 9, 2009
According to a new report from the Urban Institute, unemployment rates for older workers have reached record levels, in part because fewer workers eligible for early retirement benefits are retiring. The report, Rising Senior Unemployment and the Need to Work at Older Ages (19 pages, PDF), found that unlike previous economic downturns, the Great...
2009 Stepping Stones Report: Laying the Foundation for Women's Economic Security
November 6, 2009
The Washington Area Women's Foundation has issued a new report on its $5 million Stepping Stones program, which supports nonprofits that provide job training, financial literacy, and childcare programs for low-income, single mothers. The 2009 Stepping Stones Report: Laying the Foundation for Women's Economic Security (12 pages, PDF) found that...
The Benefits to Taxpayers From Increases in Students' Educational Attainment
November 3, 2009
A new report from RAND Education examines the financial benefits that accrue to taxpayers as students attain higher levels of education. Funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the report, The Benefits to Taxpayers From Increases in Students' Educational Attainment (143 pages, PDF), found that regardless of a student's gender, race,...
Open Society Institute Panels
October 31, 2009
The Open Society Institute has made available audio from two recent OSI-sponsored panel discussions. Part of a forum co-sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union, the first panel focuses on The Least of Three, a recently released documentary about the T. Don Hutto family detention center in Texas. The second took place at a book signing for...
Evaluation Matters: Lessons From Youth-Serving Organizations
October 28, 2009
The Urban Institute has issued a new report about the evaluation experiences of several youth-serving nonprofits in the Washington, D.C., area. Funded by the World Bank's Community Outreach Program, the report, Evaluation Matters: Lessons From Youth-Serving Organizations (66 pages, PDF), offers observation, commentary, and case studies of four...
Aiming Higher: Results From a State Scorecard on Health System Performance, 2009
October 25, 2009
While all states should aim higher with respect to their healthcare performance, without federal reforms to help stem rising costs and provide more affordable coverage, access will likely deteriorate, a new report from the Commonwealth Fund argues. The report, Aiming Higher: Results From a State Scorecard on Health System Performance, 2009 (110...
Research Into Action: Pathways to New Opportunities
October 22, 2009
In 2008, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance launched a campaign to double the cultural engagement in the region by 2020. According to Research Into Action: Pathways to New Opportunities (39 pages, PDF), a new report from the alliance, while attendance rates at cultural events in the greater Philadelphia region were above national averages...
Impact of Community and Youth Organizing on Public School Reform
October 19, 2009
The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University has issued a series of case studies to illustrate whether and how organizing efforts by community groups in seven urban communities have improved public schools. Based on a six-year study funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the studies demonstrate how effective community...
Most Still Oppose Same-Sex Marriage, Majority Continues to Support Civil Unions
October 16, 2009
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life and the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press have released the findings of their 2009 Religion and Public Life Survey. According to the report, Most Still Oppose Same-Sex Marriage, Majority Continues to Support Civil Unions (16 pages, PDF), 57 percent of Americans favor allowing gay and...
Side-by-Side Comparison of Major Health Care Reform Proposals
October 13, 2009
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has created a tool to help individuals compare the healthcare reform proposals put forth by the Obama administration and various congressional committees, including those that have been formally introduced as legislation and those that have been offered as draft proposals or policy options. The regularly...