Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

2014 January

What Works News Round-Up – January 31, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Governing (1/31/14)  All Policies are Health Policies The idea is that all policy is health policy; HiAP advocates recommend scrutinizing any proposed program, project or policy before i…

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Wanted: Suburban Quarterbacks

By Alan Berube and Natalie Holmes This post originally appeared on the Confronting Suburban Poverty in America website. During our travels around the country, we’re often confronted with the question, “Is suburban poverty better or worse than urban poverty?” A good one-word answer is:…

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What Works News Round-Up – January 23, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Washington Post (1/23/14) Economic Mobility Hasn’t Changed in a Half-Century in America, Economist Declare Children growing up in America today are just as likely — no more, no less …

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New Recommendations for Funding Healthy Communities

This week the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America released their newest recommendations for investing in our nation’s health. Their report, titled Time to Act, outlined three important recommendations for encouraging health: Invest in early childho…

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Pay for Success: Innovating our Way out of Poverty

Despite the many great examples of community transformation highlighted in Investing in What Works for America’s Communities, deep poverty persists—20.4 million American’s live below half the poverty line—in neighborhoods across the United States. In my view, this is partially because…

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What Works News Round-Up — January 15, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Washington Post (1/8/14) White House Picks First Five Economic ‘Promise Zones’ The initiative will focus on reducing crime in high-poverty areas, attracting private inves…

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Announcing the What Works Challenge Top Idea

After six weeks, twenty-three ideas, one hundred and ten votes and thirty-six comments, the What Works Challenge has come to a close. Created by Citi Foundation in partnership with the Low Income Investment Fund, the What Works Challenge platform is an online hub to bubble-up creative…

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What Works News Round-Up – January 9, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. MSNBC (1/3/14) Mold, mice and zip codes: Inside the childhood asthma epidemic Not long ago scientists noticed a link between poverty and asthma. Now they’re starting to discover that whe…

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