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Why The Nonprofit Sector Needs Predictive Data

Jason Saul | Posted 06.29.2016 | Impact
Jason Saul

In the nonprofit and public sector we invest first, and then measure to see what we got. That may be a key reason why we aren't making as much progress as we could be. Predicting the success of social programs before we fund them holds great promise for the future of social impact

"Pray" for Success: How to Take the Guesswork Out of Social Finance

Jason Saul | Posted 05.12.2016 | Impact
Jason Saul

We believe that the future of SIBs and social finance is brighter than ever. But if we are to create a true social capital market, we must be more rigorous, intentional and outcomes-driven than the current approaches.

Toolbox of a Policymaker

Justin Curmi | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
Justin Curmi

A policymaker that uses economic planning and political economy planning will be able to ensure that his or her policy can be more effective because it allows one to try to manipulate certain outcomes by using history as a guidebook.

Democrats Help the Middle Class - Why Can't They Win Elections?

Sean McElwee | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

In the run-up to the 2016 election, Republicans are trying to position themselves as the party of the middle class. It may well work, but not because Republicans are in fact reformist, but rather because voters and pundits eschew data and instead focus on rhetoric.

Shaming The Poor Hinders Our Ability to Alleviate Poverty

Tara Beech | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Tara Beech

The situation is dire. By placing moral judgment on the impoverished, we do everyone a disservice. We fail to harvest the potential of so many bright and talented people in this country. And by doing so, we fail to thrive as a nation. It is imperative that we change the dialogue.

Jesse Hazelip's "Mark of Cain" at Known Gallery Highlights Prison Injustice

Lisa Derrick | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

Transitioning into galleries, he continues to use wheat paste and paint public space, running his own "ad campaigns" with graffiti and posters to reach as many free minds as possible.

An Argument Against Food Stamps

Courtney McKinney | Posted 04.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Courtney McKinney

I think we should stop food stamps completely. It's not that I don't think the government should be feeding people, it's that I wouldn't call the op...

America: Paying the Piper

Terry Newell | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Terry Newell

One of the lessons we teach our children is simply this: "If you make that decision now, you will have to live with the consequences later." It is a lesson about the need to consider the implications of a decision. It is a lesson we seem to have neglected in our national life.

How Senator Vitter Lost His Food Fight

Jeremy Haile | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Jeremy Haile

The purpose of the Vitter amendment was apparently to take a mean-spirited swipe at an unpopular constituency while putting opponents on the defensive. And at first it seemed to work.

Consensus on Census: America's Stuck in Reverse

Sarita Gupta | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Sarita Gupta

We are one of the world's wealthiest democracies, and yet the people who make up the fabric of our population -- who serve our food, stock our warehouses, and take care of our loved ones -- barely make enough to survive.

Paying for Success, Getting Results

Michele Jolin | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Michele Jolin

While Pay for Success is still a new tool and there are real implementation challenges ahead, it has the potential to improve communities and save taxpayer dollars, while also providing a new way for governments to help make better spending decisions and end programs that aren't working.

Why the Church and Charity Aren't Enough

Derek Penwell | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Saying you love Jesus, then making it your political mission to dismantle systems and programs designed to help those whom Jesus loves -- without offering up a legitimate alternative -- cannot but appear to those on the outside to be an exercise in looking out for yourself.

In Politics, Obscenity Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Jerry Lanson | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Jerry Lanson

Quick, what's more obscene: Anthony Weiner's obsession with sending crotch shots of himself to female admirers or the Republican House of Representatives, seeking to gut a host of social, environmental and arts programs in America to take revenge for Barack Obama's health care plan?

A Quibble That Revealed a Lot

Frank A. Weil | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

If we accept the position that public social support has to have some rational limits, then many more people must build on whatever that base of support will be to push their lives further forward with their own efforts, brains, energy and ambition.

Sequester Insanity

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Conventional wisdom currently is that the sequester deadline will pass and then Washington will come up with some sort of compromise solution. Perhaps just in time for the next self-inflicted crisis.

The Same Old Party

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

The GOP can try to repackage their party by reaching out to all demographics. But, for many Americans, the GOP is just the same old party.

Don't Forget: Protect the Poorest Americans in Any Deficit Savings 'Backstop'

James R. Horney | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
James R. Horney

In designing automatic across-the-board spending cuts, policymakers will face a decision that's received little attention of late: whether to continue a quarter-century tradition of protecting low-income programs or risk serious harm to the poorest and most vulnerable Americans.

Stuck Between the Fiscal "Cliff" and a Hard Place -- But There's Another Way

Terry O'Neill | Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

The fiscal cliff is a made-up crisis. A big, fat fraud. Not to mention, a fraud that disproportionately threatens the well-being of women and their families.

The Romney-Ryan Budget: Reward the Rich, Punish the Rest

Terry O'Neill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Running throughout the Romney-Ryan budget is a suspicion that by helping people you make them weaker, that the poor are easily swayed into behaving irresponsibly. The sad thing is, Romney and Ryan are the irresponsible ones

Welfare: The Dirty Side of Corporate America

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 11.17.2012 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The next time you hear someone discussing "welfare reform," ask them if they are referring to those in corporate America to keep mismanaged and failing businesses afloat, or the ones that are helping the people of America to survive.

Dear Mr. Romney: Say It Ain't So

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 10.13.2012 | College
Victor M. Feraru

The country I grew up in made it possible for a kid who had no chance in life to climb up and help himself. I'm a product of 40 foster homes, three group homes and finally adopted parents who passed away -- I know the importance and need for social programs.

Housing The Homeless Saves Taxpayers Money

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.08.2012 | Business

Welfare programs have been among the biggest targets of budget cuts in the last few years, as states look to save money any way they can. But research...


Jess Wilson | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Jess Wilson

Either spend some money now in order to enable a generation of kids to participate in and contribute to our society, or pay exponentially more later when we have a generation of adults who are wholly reliant on us because we didn't give them the skills they needed.

Racism, Dr. King, and Food Stamps

Joel Berg | Posted 03.17.2012 | New York
Joel Berg

Dr. Martin Luther King, responding to near-starvation conditions found in parts of the U.S., viewed access to food as a civil rights issue. King made the hunger issue a central component of his Poor People's Campaign.

Super Committee Cuts to Social Security to Divert From Real Issues

Jeff Madrick | Posted 01.01.2012 | Business
Jeff Madrick

We have plenty of taxing capacity to take care of our needs. We simply refuse to act as a modern nation, driven by myths that we can somehow return to the simplicity of colonial America.