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Jun 07 2013

Latest Resources from Migration Informatio​n Source

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Counting the Uncountable: Overseas Americans
The immigration debate in the United States often focuses on how many foreign born enter and reside in the country. Much less attention is paid to Americans who live abroad — a population estimated at anywhere from 2 million to 7 million. This article examines the challenges of enumerating this population and also explores top destinations for American expats, their livelihoods, and motivations for leaving the United States.

[Source: Migration Information Source]

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May 23 2013

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

Bureau of Labor Statistics: The Editor’s Desk

The Editor’s Desk (familiarly shortened TED) at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, brings out daily “fresh information from all over the Bureau,” coupled with intriguing data and links of note. On the site’s homepage, visitors will find sections like Topics, Archive by Year, Archive by Program, and About TED. The Topics area includes a panoply of subjects, such as Benefits, Projections, and Technology. The Recent Articles area contains links to pieces on job openings, payroll employment, and large technology firms. Additionally, the site contains an On Interest area which features statistical overviews of major trends in employment, health care, and collective bargaining.

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 20, May 17, 2013]

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May 13 2013

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

Urban Institute: CHA Families and the Plan for Transformation

The Urban Institute provides high-quality research on economic and social policy, addressing topics such as education, employment, crime, and governance. This clutch of documents looks at the transformation of the Chicago Housing Authority and the provision of public housing in the city. The five briefs “describe key successes and challenges faced by CHA and its residents.” Titles address topics like “How Chicago’s Public Housing Transformation Can Inform Federal Policy?” and “Chronic Violence: Beyond the Developments.” Along with these insightful documents, you can also look over the Previous Briefs area. Here you will find “The Health Crisis for CHA Families,” “CHA After Wells-Where are the Residents Now?” and a dozen other briefs.

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 17, April 26, 2013]

OECD Working Papers Series
The mantra of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is “Better Policies for Better Lives.” OECD’s work spans the world and features a team of economists, sociologists, and others working on problems as diverse as higher education, access to clean water, and energy policy. The OECD Working Papers Series spans 19 crucial areas, including agriculture, development, environment, finance, and health care. You should definitely check out the Tourism papers, as they include the compelling work “Green Innovation in Tourism Services.” The Local Economic and Employment (LEED) papers are quite good as well, covering timely topics like urban governance and regional policy decision making. You can sign up to receive updates about new papers as they are released to the site.

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 18, May 3, 2013]

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Nov 21 2011

Latest resources from Urban Institute

2011 PAUL OFFNER LECTURE

  • Challenges for Public Leadership in Today’s World
  • Former Congressmen Dave Obey and Steve Gunderson will speak about today’s challenges for public leaders from the vantage point of their long political careers in Congress and Wisconsin state government, as colleagues, and as members of different political parties.

     

HEALTH REFORM AND EMPLOYER-PROVIDED INSURANCE

 

PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH REFORM

  •  “What Directions for Public Health under the Affordable Care Act?” - by Randall R. Bovbjerg, Barbara A. Ormond, and Timothy Waidmann
  • The Affordable Care Act builds prevention into coverage expansion and reform and creates new mechanisms and new funding for many public health activities. Much work remains, however, to make sure that health reform becomes a wellspring of appreciation for public health’s value.

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Oct 03 2011

Latest reports from IssueLab

  1. Attitudes and Beliefs of Job Development Professionals Toward Employers
  2. Contributing organization(s): Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. Job development and placement professionals assist people with disabilities to secure, maintain, and advance in employment and thus have an important role in achieving quality employment outcomes for job seekers they represent. This research, conducted in NJ and MD, describes findings related to the attitudes and beliefs of job development professionals toard employers and the employment process…

     

  3. Chicago Recovery Partnership Evaluation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
  4. Contributing organization(s): The Chicago Community Trust. From 2009-2011, the City of Chicago and Cook County received a total of $2.35 billion in funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act [ARRA]. The stimulus money was allocated to seven areas: education, basic needs, transportation and infrastructure, housing and energy, public safety, broadband and workforce development. The Chicago Recovery Partnership Evaluation of ARRA analyzes the impact of the stimulus spending…

     

  5. Civic Engagement, Volunteerism and Charitable Giving: Americans Retiring in Mexico’s Coastal Communities
  6. Contributing organization(s): International Community Foundation. This study examines whether the American commitment to volunteerism and charitable giving is as evident among U.S. retirees in other countries as it is in the U.S., and in particular, how committed U.S. retirees in their adopted Mexican communities are engaged in civic engagement and charitable giving. As baby boomers - - the generation of 77 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 - - retire, they represent a tremendous… 

     

  7. Creating Shared Value: A How-to Guide for the New Corporate (R)evolution
  8. Contributing organization(s): FSG Social Impact Advisors. Creating Shared Value (CSV) requires comprehensive and sustained efforts across a corporation. Drawing heavily on real-life examples, this report identifies ten key building blocks that together form a blueprint for translating CSV into action, and explores how companies can get started on that process…

     

  9. Evaluating Workforce Programs: A Guide to What Policymakers Need to Know to Structure Effective, User-Friendly Evaluations
  10. Contributing organization(s): Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. This brief discusses the value and purpose of program evaluations, highlights different evaluation tools and techniques, and illustrates how policy makers and program managers can structure and implement evaluations of workforce development programs…

     

  11. Graduating to Success in Employment: How Social Media Can Aid College Students in the Job Search
  12. Contributing organization(s): Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. This issue brief, the second in a series on social media in workforce development, explores how college career service centers can assist college students and recent college graduates in using social media as part of their job search…

     

  13. The Greening of U.S. Retirement Destinations in Mexico: Emerging Issues and Trends in Coastal Communities
  14. Contributing organization(s): International Community Foundation. This report analyzes environmentally specific consumer perceptions and preferences among U.S. retirees and second home buyers in Mexican coastal communities, including recycling, reducing consumption, and green building. In addition, the report reviews how U.S. retirees are addressing the environment independently in Mexico and how developers can capitalize on growing consumer interest in “greener” living. Finally, the…

     

  15. The Impact of Cutting Social Security Cost of Living Adjustments on the Living Standards of the Elderly
  16. Contributing organization(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research. During the negotiations over raising the debt ceiling, President Obama proposed cutting the annual cost of living adjustment for Social Security by switching to an index that would show a lower measured rate of inflation. This alternative index, the chained consumer price index (CCPI-U), shows an annual rate of inflation that averages approximately 0.3 percentage points less than the consumer price index (CPI-W) that is…

     

  17. Linking Audiences to News: A Network Analysis of Chicago Websites
  18. Contributing organization(s):  The Chicago Community Trust. The mass media model, which sustained news and information in communities like Chicago for decades, is being replaced by a “new news ecosystem” consisting of hundreds of websites, podcasts, video streams and mobile applications. In 2009, The Chicago Community Trust set out to understand this ecosystem, assess its health and make investments in improving the flow of news and information in Chicagoland. The report you are… 

     

  19. News That Matters: An Assessment of Chicago’s Information Landscape
  20. Contributing organization(s): The Chicago Community Trust. The Community News Matters project of The Chicago Community Trust conducted surveys and focus groups of the general public, local leaders and low-income residents to assess the level to which critical information needs of democracies are being well-met in the Chicago region and to identify critical information gaps and deficiencies in Chicago’s information landscape that may need to be addressed…

     

  21. Open to All? Different Cultures, Same Communities
  22. Contributing organization(s): The Chicago Community Trust. Produced for the Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs with the support of the Chicago Community Trust, this report aims to better understand immigrants living in the northern suburbs of Chicago — who they are, where they live in relation to housing patterns and conditions, and the extent to which they exert political influence on local housing decisions. It was produced as part of The Chicago Community Trust’s…

     

  23. The Promise of Citywide Charter Strategies
  24. Contributing organization(s): FSG Social Impact Advisors. Charter school enrollment is on the rise in many urban areas. In fact, 56% of all public charter schools are located in urban areas, and 10 of our nation’s largest school districts now have 20,000 students enrolled in public charter schools. With this growth in the charter movement, there is an increasing need for local infrastructure support through technical services, advocacy, and coordination. This report examines the potential…

     

  25. Talking About Poverty in a Jobs and Economy Framework
  26. Contributing organization(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research. Reducing poverty substantially is not a small project. Unfortunately, only 1 percent of Americans point to “poverty” when asked about the most important problems facing the nation. This presents anti-poverty activists with a strategic problem: we need major policy reforms to substantially reduce poverty, but hardly any Americans — including, it must be said, those officially categorized as poor — view…

     

  27. What Does the Census Tell Us About Metropolitan Chicago?
  28. Contributing organization(s): The Chicago Community Trust. This publication examines key trends in population shifts across the metro Chicago region (defined as Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties). Among the report highlights are the following: 1. Metropolitan Chicago is home to 8.4 million persons, and the area grew by 3.5 percent between 2000 and 2010. 2. The Metro population is shifting westward…

     

  29. Who’s Above the Social Security Payroll Tax Cap?
  30. Contributing organization(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research. When most workers look at their pay stubs, they can see that the Social Security payroll tax rate is 12.4 percent — with the employee and employer each paying 6.2 percent. But many workers do not know that any annual wages above $106,800 are not taxed by Social Security. In other words, a worker who makes twice the Social Security wage cap — $213,600 per year — pays Social Security tax on only half of his or her earnings…
     

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