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Oct 05 2012

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  1. Boost to SNAP Benefits Protected Young Children’s Health
  2. Children of Immigrants: Healthy Beginnings Derailed by Food Insecurity
  3. Establishing a Venture Philanthropy Organisation in Europe
  4. Federal Programs that Protect Young Children’s Health
  5. LIHEAP Stabilizes Family Housing and Protects Children’s Health
  6. Overcrowding and Frequent Moves Undermine Children’s Health
  7. A Safe, Stable Place to Call Home Supports Young Children’s Health in Arkansas
  8. Strategies for Foundations: When, Why, and How to Use Venture Philanthropy

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Sep 07 2012

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  1. Evaluating Social Innovation
  2. Foundations for knowledge
  3. Funding for Inclusion: Women and Girls in the Equation
  4. Grantees’ Limited Engagement with Foundations’ Social Media
  5. Keeping the Promise of Opportunity: Redesigning Financial Aid to Support Post-Secondary Completion Among Low-Income Young Adults
  6. Philanthropy and a better society
  7. Private Enterprise for Public Health: Opportunities for Business to Improve Women’s and Children’s Health
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Dec 19 2011

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  1. The Great Recession and Serving Dislocated Workers with Disabilities: Perspectives from One-Stop Career Centers and Rapid Response Coordinators
  2. Green Jobs: A Resources Guide for Individuals with Disabilities
  3. The Interaction of Workforce Development Programs and Unemployment Compensation by Individuals with Diabilities in Washington State
  4. Moving TANF Recipients with Disabilities to Work: Examples of State Strategies

 

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Dec 01 2011

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Healthy Together: Creating Community with New Americans Final Evaluation Report

Contributing organization(s): Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. The report documents five years of grantmaking throughout the state of Minnesota totaling $5.3 million. Healthy Together: Creating Community with New Americans was designed to improve the health of immigrants and refugees and help strengthen communities. The report features stories, data and tools that have helped connect new Americans with each other and to the…

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Oct 12 2011

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  1. Achieving Green and Healthy Homes and Communities in America
  2. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. In the Fall of 2010, the National Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisioning contracted with the National Academy to develop and execute an online dialogue that would examine ways to increase the health, safety, and energy efficiency of low- to moderate-income homes. Since 1999, the National Coalition had worked to improve low- to moderate-income housing through the support and execution of home interventions that…

     

  3. Agencies in Transition: A Report on the Views of the Members of the Federal Senior Executive Service
  4. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. Many think of leadership transition in government as something that happens only once every four or eight years. While presidential transitions are undoubtedly the largest in scope, leadership transition in government is a constant process. In fact, the average tenure of Senate-confirmed appointees is only 3.3 years, while appointees at executive departments generally spend only 2.8 years in a single post. In a federal…

     

  5. Amtrak Office of Inspector General: Organizational Assessment
  6. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. The Amtrak OIG office engaged the National Academy to conduct an organizational assessment that examines the current operations of the OIG office. The organizational assessment identified core organizational strengths and weaknesses, and recommended specific, prioritized actions to improve OIG processes, policies and management practices that will help the office achieve the goals outlined in its five-year strategic plan…

     

  7. Amtrak OIG Organizational Assessment, Phase II: Implementation Roadmap Development
  8. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. In the spring of 2010, the Academy conducted an independent organizational assessment of the Amtrak OIG. The Phase I final report addressed eight critical areas of focus, and for each of the these focus areas, the Academy identified a desired future state, key observations, critical risks, “quick win” opportunities, and long-term recommendations. The Phase I results formed the basis for the Phase II of the…

     

  9. Building Strong for Tomorrow: Recommendations for the Organizational Design of the NOAA Climate Service
  10. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. The U.S. Congress asked an expert panel of the National Academy of Public Administration to assist NOAA with a study and analysis of organizational options for a Climate Service within NOAA. Further, NOAA formally asked the Panel to provide an independent assessment of how NOAA should organize its climate capabilities and make recommendations for a Climate Service line office structure that would integrate NOAA’s…

     

  11. Choosing the Nation’s Fiscal Future
  12. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. At the request and with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and using procedures of the National Research Council, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Academy of Public Administration jointly undertook a two-year study of the long-term fiscal challenge facing the United States. The work was performed by a stellar committee representing diverse disciplines and practices…

     

  13. The Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System: An Assessment of Design, Implementation, and Impact
  14. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. The FY 1997 National Defense Authorization Act gave the Secretary of Defense authority to establish common personnel policies for DoD intelligence components. Under this authority, DoD began designing the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) in 2007. This personnel system was intended to unify the civilian human resources management systems among ten DoD intelligence components. Beyond mere…

     

  15. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate: Developing Technology to Protect America
  16. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. In response to a congressional mandate and in consultation with Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), the National Academy conducted a review of S&T’s effectiveness and efficiency in addressing homeland security needs. This review included a particular focus that identified any unnecessary duplication of effort, and opportunity costs arising from an emphasis on…

     

  17. FEMA’s Integration of Preparedness and Development of Robust Regional Offices
  18. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. In October 2006, Congress enacted major legislation to reform the function and organization of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in response to the recognized failures in preparation for and response to Hurricane Katrina. The Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 (PKEMRA) focused national preparedness responsibilities within FEMA and directed additional resources and responsibilities to…

     

  19. Governance Challenges and the Financial Crisis: Seven Key Questions
  20. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. In the midst of a global economic crisis, the federal government responded on an unprecedented scale and scope, with injections of trillions of dollars into financial markets, infusions of cash to troubled industries, state and local governments, and people in need. Government is employing tools in ways never before considered and inventing new tools, in the hope of stabilizing the economy and spurring economic recovery…

     

  21. Strengthening America’s Best Idea: An Independent Review of the National Park Service’s Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate
  22. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. NRSS requested that an independent panel of the National Academy conduct a review of its effectiveness in five core functions, its relationships with key internal stakeholders, and its performance measurement system. Among other things, the National Park Service’s Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate (NRSS) is responsible for providing usable natural and social science information throughout the…

     

  23. Managing at the Speed of Light: Improving Mission-Support Performance
  24. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. The House and Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittees requested this study to help DOE’s three major mission-support organizations improve their operations to better meet the current and future needs of the department. The passage of the Recovery Act only increased the importance of having DOE’s mission-support offices working in the most effective, efficient, and timely manner as…

     

  25. A National Dialogue on Health Information Technology and Privacy 
  26. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. Increasingly, government leaders recognize that solving the complex problems facing America today will require more than simply keeping citizens informed. Meeting challenges like rising health care costs, climate change and energy independence requires increased level of collaboration. Traditionally, government agencies have operated in silos — separated not only from citizens, but from each other, as well. Nevertheless,…

     

  27. The National Dialogue on the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review
  28. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. Six years after its creation, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) undertook the first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) to inform the design and implementation of actions to ensure the safety of the United States and its citizens. This review, mandated by the Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007, represents the first comprehensive examination of the homeland security strategy of the…

     

  29. Putting Community First: A Promising Approach to Federal Collaboration for Environmental Improvement: An Evaluation of the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Demonstration Program
  30. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. This report is an independent evaluation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Demonstration Program, a community-driven process that uses the best available data to help communities set priorities and take action on their greatest environmental risks. CARE fosters local partnerships that seek participation from business, government, organizations, residents…

     

  31. United We Ride National Dialogue
  32. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. The Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM) asked the National Academy of Public Administration and Easter Seals Project ACTION to develop and host the first United We Ride (UWR) National Dialogue. The goal of the Dialogue was to help shape future policy direction and provide input to the next CCAM strategic plan. The National Academy also assembled a small work group with representatives of the Federal…

     

  33. A Worker Dialogue: Improving Health Safety and Security at DOE
  34. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. During the summer of 2010, the Department of Energy Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS) partnered with the National Academy of Public Administration to host an online dialogue to solicit ideas from front line union workers at DOE sites on how to improve worker safety across the DOE complex. Based on the results of the Dialogue, an expert Panel of the National Academy identified several themes that emerged from…

 
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Aug 30 2011

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Perceptions of Family Violence: Are Companion Animals in the Picture?

Contributing organization(s): Animals and Society Institute. Service and education organizations such as the ASPCA claim a connection between family violence against children and companion animals, but to what extent does the general public share this perception? Sixty-three undergraduates rated their certainty about perceiving family violence using 60 pictures witrh differing potential targets of family violence. Participants showed stronger certainty when the target was a child than when the…

 

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Jun 09 2011

Moving Upstream: Working Together to Create Healthier Communities

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…

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Apr 04 2011

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  1. Deconstructing Structural Unemployment
  2. Contributing organization(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research, Center for Economic and Policy Research. Some economic observers argue “structural unemployment” has increased in the wake of the Great Recession, but in this paper we find little support for either of two arguments that suggest that structural unemployment has been on the rise. The first argument focuses on the large increase in unemployment among construction workers. The second argument is that falling house…

  3. The Economic Value of Protected Open Space in Southeastern Pennsylvania
  4. Contributing organization(s): Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Protected open spaces - public parks, preserved farmland, and private conserved lands - provide substantial economic, environmental, and public health benefits to surrounding communities. These benefits, however, are generally not well understood and are often undervalued in policy debates and investment decisions. In the interest of fostering a better understanding of these benefits, this study estimates the economic…

  5. Time for Action: Working together to end poverty in Alberta
  6. Contributing organization(s): Edmonton Social Planning Council, Edmonton Social Planning Council. This report shows that 53,000 Alberta children lived below Statistics Canada’s low-income cut-off (after-tax) in 2008, and that number is probably higher today due to the effects of the recession on our economy. The report traces economic consequences of living in poverty in Alberta, offers some recommendations and directions to move forward, and scans poverty-reduction strategies in other…

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Mar 01 2011

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  1. The National Youth in Transition Database: Lessons Learned from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
  2. Contributing organization(s): Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, Inc., The. The National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) tracks young people who have transitioned from foster care across the country. For the past seven years, the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative has collected data from young people aging out of foster care ages 14 to 24. This report identifies the lessons learned form this data collection and gives recommendations to states on how to avoid pitfalls…

  3. The Opportunity Passport: Building Assets for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
  4. Contributing organization(s): Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, Inc., The. More than five years after launching one of the nation’s most innovative matched savings programs for extremely disadvantaged youth, the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative has data showing that more than 3,000 young people aging out of foster care collectively have savedmore than $3.1 million…

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Mar 01 2011

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  1. New Proposal to Iran: Will It Be Enough to Defuse the Nuclear Crisis?
  2. Contributing organization(s): British American Security Information Council (BASIC). This BASIC Note assesses the progress of transatlantic diplomacy toward Iran on nuclear issues. On June 6, Iran was presented with a revised package of incentives to persuade it to curb its uranium enrichment program. The authors argued previously that the earlier E3/EU proposal was vague on incentives and heavy on demands…

  3. Beyond Victimhood: Women’s Peacebuilding in Sudan, Congo and Uganda
  4. Contributing organization(s): International Crisis Group. Peacebuilding cannot succeed if half the population is excluded from the process. Crisis Group’s research in Sudan, Congo (DRC) and Uganda suggests that peace agreements, post-conflict reconstruction, and governance do better when women are involved. Women make a difference, in part because they adopt a more inclusive approach toward security and address key social and economic issues that would otherwise be ignored. But in all…

  5. Social differences in women’s use of personal care products: A study of magazine advertisements, 1950 - 1994
  6. Contributing organization(s): Silent Spring Institute. This study examined advertising for women’s personal care products from 1950 through 1994 in widely read, long-lived magazines whose audience have different demographic profiles: Ladies’ Home Journal, Mademoiselle, and Essence….

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