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WORLD MUSIC/CRASHarts Tests New Format New Name to Draw New Audiences
March 22, 2019
A report from the Wallace Foundation suggests that a festival and rebranding effort could increase name recognition and draw younger audiences to an arts presenter participating in the foundation's Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative, a $52 million effort launched in 2015. Part of a series describing the work of arts organizations...
The Many Varieties of Universal Coverage
March 19, 2019
A new interactive tool from the Commonwealth Fund offers insights into where U.S. lawmakers' healthcare reform bills fall on the Medicare-for-all continuum — ranging from those relying on a mix of private and publicly funded health insurance to those featuring only public coverage. Users can compare the details of up to three bills at a time,...
Collaborating for Successful Reentry
March 16, 2019
A report commissioned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice offers juvenile justice and social service professionals guidance on supporting youth who are reentering their community after confinement, incarceration, or a court-ordered out-of-home placement. The report, Collaborating for Successful...
$23 Billion
March 13, 2019
In 2016, U.S. school districts serving a largely white student population received $23 billion more in total funding than districts serving mostly students of color, a report from EdBuild finds. The report, $23 Billion (HTML or PDF, 12 pages), found that predominantly white and non-white districts enroll 26 percent and 27 percent, respectively,...
Accelerating Change: Community-Based Palliative Care in Public Hospitals
March 10, 2019
The California Health Care Foundation's efforts to help develop sustainable inpatient and community-based palliative care (CBPC) programs in California's public hospital system have increased access to palliative care delivered in outpatient clinics, office practices, private residences, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities,...
Sustaining a Principal Pipeline
March 7, 2019
Two years after the end of Wallace Foundation funding, an initiative launched in 2011 to build a "principal pipeline" in six large school districts is having a lasting effect in cultivating an effective corps of principals, a report commissioned by the foundation from Policy Studies Associates finds. The report, Sustaining a Principal...
2018 State Equality Index
March 4, 2019
In 2018, two hundred and ten state bills to advance LGBTQ equality were introduced and twenty-one were passed, while a hundred and ten discriminatory state bills were introduced and two were passed, a report from Human Rights Campaign and the Equality Equality Federation Institute finds. Now in its fifth year, the 2018 State Equality...
Investigating Causal Effects of Arts Education Experiences
March 1, 2019
While the emphasis on standardized testing has resulted in cuts to arts education, the arts are vital to public education, not least because they support positive social and emotional learning, enhance skills and knowledge that can improve performance in other subject areas, and boost creativity, a report from the Kinder Institute for Urban...
The Most Dynamic Micropolitans
February 26, 2019
A new report from the Walton Family Foundation highlights "micropolitan" statistical areas — geographic regions comprising one or more counties with at least one city with a population of between 10,000 and 50,000 — in the United States that are thriving as well as those struggling to provide economic opportunity for their residents. Based...
Crisis in Democracy: Renewing Trust in America
February 17, 2019
A vibrant free press is an essential element of a healthy democracy, and news organizations, technology companies, and citizens all must work to restore faith in journalism and the news media, a report from the Aspen Institute's Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy argues. The report, Crisis in Democracy: Renewing Trust in America...
Social Exclusion: The State of State U for Black Students
February 14, 2019
Although the share of students of color among students at public colleges and universities increased from 16.9 percent in 1980 to 41.4 percent in 2015, African Americans continue to be underrepresented at selective flagship institutions, a report from Demos finds. The report, Social Exclusion: The State of State U for Black Students (28 pages,...
2019 Nonprofit Employment Report
February 11, 2019
Although the U.S. nonprofit sector continued to see robust job growth through 2016, for-profit companies are making significant inroads into key nonprofit fields, a report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies finds. The report, 2019 Nonprofit Employment Report (18 pages, PDF), found that between 2007 and 2016, the number...