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The Uses of Research in Policy and Practice: Social Policy Report

Publication date: 
06/2012
William T. Grant Foundation Vice President for Program Vivian Tseng suggests a framework for understanding how and when research is used in policy and practice. She argues for more strategic identification of the intended users of research and increased knowledge of the ways they acquire, interpret and use research evidence — as well as a more reciprocal relationship between research and practice/policy.

A Rotting Apple: Education Redlining in New York City

Publication date: 
04/2012
According to this report, in New York City public schools, a student’s educational outcomes and opportunity to learn are statistically more determined by where he or she lives than their abilities. Education Redlining bases its findings on an “Opportunity to Learn” Index that examines 500 NYC middle schools across the city’s 32 Community School Districts. The report identifies a series of inequalities, between and within districts, that largely correlate to race and poverty level.

What the Supreme Court Could Do to Health Reform: A Conversation with Abbe Gluck

Publication date: 
03/2012
Abbe Gluck reviews the main issues in the landmark Supreme Court case on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and provides her perspective on the factors that could influence the Court and what it may ultimately decide.
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New Opportunities for Integrating and Improving Health Care for Women, Children, and Their Families

Publication date: 
02/2012
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act gives states new tools and funding to integrate public and private delivery of health care services. This Commonwealth Foundation issue brief highlights the efforts of Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Vermont to integrate health care services for low-income women and children to improve outcomes and reduce costs, especially through state Title V maternal and child health programs.
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The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning

Publication date: 
01/2012
This Perspective distills lessons from school leadership projects and major research studies supported by the foundation since 2000 and details five practices that are central to effective principal leadership. It also notes that school leaders cannot transform failing schools by themselves, but that without effective principals, there is little likelihood that these schools can be turned around.
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2011 Child Well-Being Index (CWI)

Publication date: 
12/2011
The Child Well-Being Index (CWI) is a national, research-based composite measure updated annually that describes how young people in the United States have fared since 1975. The 2011 annual release of the CWI paints a stark picture of the reality of American families and their children, finding that their well-being has trailed far behind our country’s economic growth over the past 35 years and that things are only poised to get worse.
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A Harder Struggle, Fewer Opportunities: The Impact of the Governor's Proposed Budget on Women, Children, and Families

Publication date: 
03/2011
This new gender budget analysis report reveals that low-income women across racial lines — already vulnerable to the continuing effects of the economic recession — bear a disproportionate burden of cuts in Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget and are placed at even greater risk of poverty and other factors that contribute to long-term economic stagnation.

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