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IssueLab Special Collections are topical deep-dives. Ideas for these curatorial efforts come from the headlines and current events. Some are created through sponsorship, others are inspired by reports and publications that, together, represent an intriguing interdisciplinary peek at an issue. Special Collections are updated regularly and new ones are brought online throughout the year. Have an idea for a collection Get in touch!
ISSUELAB RESULTS – #OpenForGood
Each year, foundations make more than $5 billion in grants toward knowledge production — assessments, evaluations, reports, etc. These are invaluable records of what we as a sector are learning. Yet only a small fraction of foundations consistently share these products. As part of Foundation Center’s #OpenForGood campaign, IssueLab Results includes two special collections dedicated to impact evaluation — Find Results (supplying actual evaluations) and Measure Results (supplying insights into doing evaluation). Check out the collections and share your insights!
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
The passage of the Affordable Care Act represents an historic change in the way health insurance has been handled in the United States. With political discourse about the act continuing to occupy public policy debates and the news media, this collection attempts to shed light on the impact of the policy on citizens and providers.
In recent years many school districts have had to restructure their arts curricula to meet the growing emphasis on standards that is central to most school reform. This unique collection is meant to assist educators, policymakers, grantmakers, and other stakeholders in identify the potential benefits of arts education for students and communities, and providing examples of creative ways school districts are handling their constraints.
The 2018 U.S. midterm elections are just around the corner. We’ve collected social sector research on the topic of American democracy to challenge and complement blog posts and opinion pieces that will be staples of the 24/7 news cycle in the lead up to the elections. You’ll find reports about election and campaign administration, voting access and participation, government performance and perceptions, the role of the media in civil society, and more.
For too many young people the transition to adulthood is characterized by isolation, joblessness, and a lack of educational opportunity or connection to caring community. In a far-reaching effort to help disconnected youth, nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies across the U.S. are providing support in the form of shelters, job training, mentorship, college prep, job placement, and mental and reproductive health services. But in order to achieve success it is clear that these efforts require greater alignment and coordination. This special collection gathers the many lessons being learned in the field; lessons about the challenges in meeting the needs of disconnected youth and the promise of both new and more proven approaches.
FOUNDATION CENTER RESEARCH
Discover the latest data available on U.S. foundation philanthropy. Our research staff analyzes and interprets the data we collect on foundations. Learn about national, regional, international, and special topic trends and get the latest statistics on foundation giving.
Freshwater is one of our most precious and valuable resources. And yet, we already see clear signs of its over-exploitation across the globe. One approach to reducing pressure on water resources has been the use of incentive-based instruments, which use financial means to motivate parties towards better managing both the quantity and quality of freshwater. This synthesis aims to understand their full potential, and limitations.
When grantmakers use intermediary organizations, or “regranters”, they generally do so to expand their capacity or broaden their expertise. But what impact do intermediaries have on grantmaking practices? There are both promising opportunities as well as pitfalls to working with intermediaries, and this IssueLab collection aims to inform grantmakers about both.
Capacity building can carry many different meanings, but at its heart, it represents an investment aimed at strengthening effectiveness. This special collection gathers the experience and insights of foundations and nonprofits who have made just this kind of investment. The collection builds on topics explored in the new GrantCraft guide Supporting Grantee Capacity, including approaches to field-building, working with technical assistance providers and consultants, and assessing the impact of capacity building initiatives.
This special collection brings together evidence and insights from organizations across the U.S., working to understand the full impact of firearm use and gun violence. By providing us with analyses of current state and federal laws as well as valuable data on suicides, homicides, accidents, and mass shootings, these organizations help inform sound public policy and to curb this ongoing public health epidemic.
Every day, organizations worldwide are engaged in a collective two steps forward, one step back march toward improved immigration services and policies. What hard-earned lessons are these nonprofits, and the foundations that support them, learning from their persistent efforts? This collection of evaluations, case studies, and lessons learned exposes and explores the nuances of effective collaboration, the value of coordinated messaging and the vital importance of long-term and flexible funding.
This collection brings together valuable insights from nonprofit organizations, foundations, and government agencies that work directly with veterans in communities across the country. The works collected here provide a deeper understanding of the problems many veterans and their families face and also potential solutions to address these very real challenges. The collection is broken into five key areas where veterans are facing obstacles and where nonprofits and foundations have been focusing their efforts.
For many foundations, collaboration is key to advocating for policy and practice change. But these kinds of partnerships can be challenging to execute well. “Sticking points”, like conflicts over decision-making power or competition for resources, can derail advocacy-focused efforts and make even the most earnest collaborator wary. This collection brings together 40+ reports and reflection pieces about multi-party advocacy efforts; providing valuable perspective on both the sticking points and how we might move through them.
OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES (OER)
The body of work collected here represents the combined efforts of organizations worldwide. As the Open Educational Resources movement has grown, so has the body of research being produced on the topic. We invite you to engage with the new discoveries and analyses that this collection has to offer.
ACCESS TO PALLIATIVE CARE
Will you get the care you need when you face a serious illness? It depends on who you are and where you live. This collection brings together evidence and insights about the millions of people worldwide who are denied access to palliative care and what organizations are doing to help them.
After almost 35 years Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) ceased operations. The organization leaves behind an incredible legacy of knowledge, including almost 400 research reports, case studies and evaluations about how best to improve programs and outcomes for children, youth and families. This collection makes a large segment of that work searchable and accessible so that practitioners can benefit from this knowledge for years to come.
PUBLIC EDUCATION NETWORK ARCHIVE
In 2012, Public Education Network (PEN) closed its after 21 years. PEN was a network of local education funds (LEFs) — community based organizations in high poverty school districts across the United States — that continue to work with their school districts and communities to improve public education for the nation’s most disadvantaged children. This collection provides ongoing access to the valuable research and analysis that PEN brought to the national debate on education reform, and to the voices of LEFs and the communities they represent.
RACE AND POLICING
Again and again the data show that people of color in the U.S. are disproportionately, and systematically, stopped, frisked, arrested, and exposed to the use of force by police. Police departments and communities across the U.S. are struggling with these realities and with what has become a glaring divide in how Americans experience and relate to policing. This special collection includes research from nonprofits, foundations, and university based research centers, who have not only described and documented the issue but who also provide much-needed recommendations for addressing this chronic and tragic problem.
RISK AND PHILANTHROPY
There is no shortage of talk about the need for foundations to be bold and to take meaningful risks in the name of social change. Add to that the social investment literature that understands risk, and the management of risk, through a return on investment lens. But what is often missing from this discussion are the support and tools for foundations to walk the talk of risk-taking; to anticipate, manage, tolerate, and mitigate risk, close up. This special collection gathers in one place the reports, case studies, thought pieces, and the all too rare toolkit addressing this topic; offering a picture of how philanthropic organizations talk – and don’t talk – about the risks inherent to their work.
Worldwide, small-scale coastal fisheries contribute significantly to providing food, employment, and incomes to many very poor people. But these same fisheries, and the ecosystems upon which they rely, are under increasing threat from a combination of climate change, pollution, over-fishing, and the exploitation of resources. The potential of fisheries, if managed well, is considerable but what form that potential will take will depend on how and why fisheries are managed.
This collection of reports and presentations describes some of the challenges faced by small-scale fisheries worldwide and their efforts to address these challenges and improve the health and well-being of the people who are dependent on these threatened environments.