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]
The Third Sector Knowledge Portal is a new online database, bringing together research and information on the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors. The portal will help voluntary organisations, government departments, academics and others to access evidence on a broad range of topics related to the sector. A unique ‘third sector’ thesaurus has been designed to help people identify the most appropriate material to inform their work. The portal has been created by TSRC in partnership with the British Library. It is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
The Portal aims to include material on every aspect of the sector, including areas such as commissioning, social and economic impact, equality, political analysis, social enterprise and much more. Content will be drawn from a broad range of sources, including:
- Academic research collections
- Reports and research produced within the sector nationally, locally and internationally
- Government publications and consultations
- Abstracts for books and journal articles
- Guidance and training materials
Please click here for more information about the Portal.
- National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has a long history in the U.S. Government, funded in 1901 as the first federal physical science research laboratory. One of their emphases is on manufacturing. Users can choose a subject area to check out even more specific topics to investigate. These subject areas such as Environment/Climate and Transportation, are related to Social Sciences.
Discovering African-American History in Rural Ohio
This fine project is part of the Knox County Ohio Black History Digital Archives. The intent of the project is to inform the public about the experiences of African Americans in this portion of rural Ohio. “Social Life” allows visitors to learn about some of the early organizations that served the African American community. The timeline also gives an overview of African American life in Knox County and it is a helpful introduction to the history of the community.
[Source: The Scout Report, Volume 17, Number 35, September 2, 2011]
Moving Upstream: Working Together to Create Healthier Communities
Contributing organization(s): Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. Our work is building on the growing recognition that health is the result not only of genes, lifestyle and medical treatment. It is also determined by the day-to-day circumstances in which we live and work. Through new programs and partnerships in early childhood development, housing and the environment, we are investing in areas that promise long-term impact on the health and vitality of Minnesota communities and…
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is a “consultative body of the European Union.” The EESC is meant to serve as “a bridge between European and organized civil society”, and their work includes networking with other governmental organization, adopting policy resolutions and suggestions, and researching energy issues, among other things. The materials on the site are divided into seven primary sections, including “Documents”, “Themes”, and “Events & Activities”. A good place to get started is the “Themes” area, which features information about their recent activities in areas like civil society, consumers, economics, and agriculture and environment. Along the left-side of this page, visitors can look at the latest events and conferences related to each separate theme. Moving along, the “Documents” area includes opinion pieces and working papers such as “EU-Canada Relations” and “Higher Education and Entrepreneurship”. Lastly, the “Press & Media” area includes videos, interviews, and photo galleries.
Please click here to access.
Asian Development Bank (ADB), consists of 67 member countries, is an international development finance institution. Its mission is to help its developing member countries reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their people. Its main partners are governments, the private sector, nongovernment organizations, development agencies, community-based organizations, and foundations.
Free online publications are available at its Publications page. Users can also search for publications / documents dated from 1992 to recent, topics include agriculture and rural development, environment, governance and capacity development, infrastructure, poverty, regional cooperation, social development, and urban development.