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IssueLab Special Collections are topical deep-dives. Some are created through sponsorship, others are inspired by the headlines and current events. All represent an intriguing interdisciplinary peek at an issue. Have an idea for a collection? Get in touch!
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.
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.
CANDID RESEARCH REPORTS
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.
We’ve collected social sector research on the topic of American democracy to challenge and complement blog posts and opinion pieces that are staples of the 24/7 political news cycle. 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.
FIND 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!
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.
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.
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.
Need practical “how-to” info that aims to help you build your evaluation capacity? This collection includes suggested readings from our friends at BetterEvaluation, the Center for Evaluation Innovation, the Center for Effective Philanthropy, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations as well as hand-picked content by IssueLab. This site is part of our #OpenForGood campaign.
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.
Participatory grantmaking encompasses a range of models, methods, challenges, and insights. At its core, this approach to funding cedes decision-making power about grants to the very communities impacted by funding decisions. This special collection gathers the experience and insights of funders who have shifted power and builds on the wisdom explored in the GrantCraft guide “Deciding Together: Shifting Power and Resources through Participatory Grantmaking”.
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.
Racial equity can be defined as “the condition that would be achieved if one’s race identity no longer influenced how one fares.” (from “Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture” by Equity in the Center). This collection focuses on racial equity and also includes works that explore the larger diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) framework. Our aim is to raise awareness about funding for racial equity efforts as well as activities in the social sector meant to realize racial equity. The collection is part of Candid’s Funding for racial equity special issue website.
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.