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Learning From Student Voice: Are Students Engaged?
December 12, 2017
While the majority of elementary, middle, and high school students say they feel engaged in school, only 46 percent of high school students feel that what they are learning helps them outside of school, a report from YouthTruth finds. Based on an online survey of students conducted between 2012 and 2017, the report, Learning From Student Voice:...
Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2017
December 9, 2017
While the number of housing permits issued in the greater Boston area in 2017 is expected to increase 12 percent on a year-over-year basis, affordability remains a problem, a report from the Boston Foundation, Northeastern University, and the Warren Group finds. According to the Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2017: Ideas from the Urban Core:...
Relationships Matter: Program Officers, Grantees, and the Keys to Success
December 6, 2017
Program officers play a critical role in fostering strong funder-grantee relationships, which are vital to achieving shared goals yet often difficult to forge due to inherent power imbalances, a report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy finds. Based on grantee surveys and interviews with highly rated program officers, the report,...
Rural Arts, Design, and Innovation in America
December 3, 2017
Rural arts organizations attract more non-local visitors as a share of their audience and report greater civic leadership and customer "connectedness" than urban organizations, a report from the National Endowment for the Arts finds. The report, Rural Arts, Design, and Innovation in America: Research Findings From the Rural Establishment...
Linking Reproductive Health Care Access to Labor Market Opportunities for Women
November 30, 2017
Women in states that offer access to affordable reproductive health care experience greater labor mobility and better economic outcomes, a report from the Center for American Progress finds. The report, Linking Reproductive Health Care Access to Labor Market Opportunities for Women, found that women in states that offer access to coverage for...
Promoting Social and Emotional Learning in the Middle and High School Years
November 27, 2017
Programs to improve social-emotional learning (SEL) — self-awaremess, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making — for adolescents should leverage the developmental needs of youth, including their search for purpose and identity and peer approval, an issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson...
2017 Report of the Lancet Countdown
November 24, 2017
Climate change poses a significant public health threat that is potentially irreversible and could lead to a global emergency, a report from Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change finds. Based on forty indicators across five areas — climate change impacts, exposures, and vulnerability; adaptation planning and...
Challenges On the Home Front: Underemployment Hits Veterans Hard
November 21, 2017
Military veterans, who account for 8.3 percent of the U.S. adult population, are struggling to find meaningful employment after service, a report from the Call of Duty Endowment and ZipRecruiter finds. Based on data and surveys of ZipRecruiter platform users, the report, Challenges On the Home Front: Underemployment Hits Veterans Hard (21 pages,...
The Engagement Revolution
November 18, 2017
To ensure success, funding in support of nonprofit arts organizations' efforts to engage a broader audience — especially ethnically diverse or low-income audiences — should include investments in organizational infrastructure, leadership development, and learning communities, as well as a commitment to collaborations that address system-level...
The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight
November 15, 2017
Children age 8 and younger spend an average of two hours and nineteen minutes a day with screen media, about the same as they did in 2011, but the share that is spent with mobile media is growing rapidly, a report from Common Sense Media finds. The report, The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight (64 pages, PDF), found that...
Scaling Civic Tech: Paths to a Sustainable Future
November 12, 2017
Startups have struggled to develop meaningfully scaled and sustainable business models for civic tech — technology used to inform, engage, and connect residents with government and one another and advance civic outcomes, a report commissioned by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Rita Allen Foundation finds. Based on a landscape...
Global Nutrition Report 2017: Nourishing the SDGs
November 9, 2017
Improving nutrition must be a top priority in efforts to end poverty, fight disease, raise educational standards, and/or tackle climate change, a report from Development Initiatives Poverty Research argues. According to The Global Nutrition Report 2017: Nourishing the SDGs (115 pages, PDF), the number of chronically and acutely malnourished...
Assessing Research-Practice Partnerships: Five Dimensions of Effectiveness
November 6, 2017
While research-practice partnerships (RPPs) have emerged as a promising strategy for bringing together researchers and practitioners interested in addressing issues in K-12 education, a framework is needed to define and measure the effectiveness of such collaborations, a report from the W.T. Grant Foundation finds. To help RPPs demonstrate their...
National Organizations Empowering Communities to Improve Population Health
November 3, 2017
Coordinating the efforts of national organizations to provide funding, training, and technical assistance aimed at helping local communities create healthier policies, systems, and environments (PSE) can be an effective model for improving residents' health and promoting healthy behaviors, a report from Partnering4Health, an initiative funded by...