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Global Trends: Forced Displacement 2018
June 24, 2019
As of December 2018, a record 70.8 million people were displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations, including 25.9 million refugees, 41.3 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), and 3.5 million asylum seekers, a report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees finds. According...
Paid in Full: A Plan to End Money Injustice in New Orleans
June 21, 2019
The use of money bail, fines, and court fees — which in 2018 accounted for a quarter of the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court budget — has long driven New Orleans' high jail incarceration rate without making the city safer and has disproportionately affected poor African-American families, a report from the Vera Institute of...
2019 Scorecard on State Health System Performance
June 18, 2019
States are losing ground when it comes to preventing deaths from suicide, alcohol, and drugs, a report from the Commonwealth Fund finds. Based on an analysis of publicly available data across forty-seven healthcare indicators as well as income-based disparities within states, the report, 2019 Scorecard on State Health System Performance (65...
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...