Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

2014 November

The Promise of Pay For Success in Early Childhood

By Andrew Brodsky Research has shown that effective early childhood programs can have dramatic impacts on the lives of high-needs children. Now, innovative financing mechanisms are harnessing the power of investments in early childhood, providing new funding sources to improve outcome…

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What Works News Round-Up – November 21, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Telegraph (11/20/14) Cost of Obesity ‘Greater Than War, Violence and Terrorism’ Obesity is a greater burden on the UK’s economy than armed violence, war and terrori…

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Guiding Principles for Community Investments that Promote Health

By Laudan Aron This post originally appeared on the Urban Institute’s MetroTrends blog Thankfully, the profound connections between healthy human development and the social and economic conditions of our daily lives are starting to gain more widespread recognition and attention. The N…

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What Works News Round-Up – November 13, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Brookings Social Mobility Memo (11/12/14) The Neighborhood Effect: Localities and Upward Mobility The effect of neighborhood income is 50 to 66 percent of the parental income effect, so …

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What Works News Round-Up – November 7, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. KQED Radio (11/7/14) Study Links Childhood Trauma to Adult Depression, Physical Ailments Childhood traumas like divorce, abuse and neglect can significantly increase the risk of dementia…

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