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'Lessons in Funder Collaboration'
July 25, 2014
While funder collaboratives often make it possible for foundations to magnify their impact and facilitate learning, they require shared goals, adaptability and flexibility, careful monitoring and evaluation, and a realistic understanding of partners' objectives and challenges, a report from the Bridgespan Group finds. Commissioned by the David...
'Arts Integration as Pathway to Unity in the Community'
July 19, 2014
Embedding high-quality arts programming in social services can help increase the creativity of individuals and communities, which, in turn, enables them to tackle socioeconomic challenges and revitalize a neighborhood, a report from Pillsbury House and Theatre finds. The report, Arts Integration as Pathway to Unity in the Community The (Ongoing)...
'Policy Barriers to School Improvement: What's Real and What's Imagined?'
July 16, 2014
Despite promising reforms that would give principals more autonomy to improve student learning, some district and state restrictions on resource allocation still pose barriers to school redesign, a report from the Center for Reinventing Public Education finds. Based on interviews with principals in three states, the report, Policy Barriers to...
Safely Home
July 13, 2014
Well-designed community-based programs often are a safer and more effective alternative to youth incarceration and residential placement, a report from Youth Advocate Programs argues. According to the report, Safely Home: Reducing Youth Incarceration and Achieving Positive Outcomes for High and Complex Need Youth Through Effective Community-Based...
Healthy People Healthy Economy Fourth Annual Report Card
July 10, 2014
Massachusetts needs to focus more attention on implementing policies that support preschools, boost access to healthy food at school and in the community, support mental health services, and cut pollution, a report from the Healthy People/Healthy Economy Coalition argues. The report, Healthy People/Healthy Economy Fourth Annual Report Card (64...
'Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States'
July 7, 2014
If aggressive action to adapt to a changing climate while reducing carbon emissions to mitigate future impacts of global warming is not taken, the United States risks significant damage to coastal property and infrastructure, changes in agricultural patterns and productivity, and adverse consequences to labor productivity, public health, and...
'Supporting Our Region's Veterans: Assessing the Network of Services Available for Post-9/11 Veterans and Their Families in Northern Virginia'
July 4, 2014
Virginia has the largest proportion of post-9/11 veterans in the country, and northern Virginia is home to thirty-five thousand veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a report from Deloitte Consulting, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, and the United Way of the National Capital Area finds. According to the report, Supporting...
'Teacher Diversity Revisited: A New State-by-State Analysis'
July 1, 2014
The demographic divide between elementary and secondary school teachers and their students continues to widen, with teachers of color accounting for just 18 percent of educators nationwide, a report from the Center for American Progress finds. The report, Teacher Diversity Revisited: A New State-by-State Analysis (10 pages, PDF), found that the...
'A Broken Bargain: Unchecked Discrimination Against LGBT Workers'
June 19, 2014
With only eighteen states and the District of Columbia enacting laws to prohibit discrimination in employment practices based on sexual orientation and gender identity, workers across the country who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender continue to face hiring bias, unfair treatment or harassment, and unequal wages in the workplace, a...
'Technical Summit on Women, HIV, and Violence'
June 16, 2014
Women living with HIV experience higher rates of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder than women in the general population, a report from AIDS United finds. The report, Technical Summit on Women, HIV, and Violence (20 pages, PDF), highlights discussions from a convening of activists, thought leaders, academics, and federal partners that was...