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The New York Times

David Bornstein

23 January 2013

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Social programs are seen as a fiscal burden on the U.S. However, investment in effective social programs saves taxpayer dollars so evaluating the performance of federal programs could help Congress act more responsibly.

Business Insider

Aimee Groth

20 January 2013

New York, New York, United States

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As a "venture fund for the developing world," the Adventure Project empowers local community leaders, using its fundraising capabilities to provide training and resources to non-profits in poor and underserved parts o...

The New York Times

John Leland

15 December 2012

New York, New York, United States

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New mothers who live in poverty are faced with fewer resources to help them with their physical and mental health as well as the health of their babies. In New York City, the Nurse-Family partnership matches nurses wi...

Time Magazine

Victor Luckerson

10 December 2012

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Like their for-profit counterparts, charities are starting to embrace Big Data as a means to perform more efficiently and share that performance with potential donors. Data gathered is used both to measure successes a...

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Tina Rosenberg

5 December 2012

Oxford, United Kingdom

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For most well-meaning donors, it can be difficult to calculate which charities are most effective with their funding - that is those that aim to solve the most serious problems, use interventions that work, employ cos...

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David Bornstein

13 November 2012

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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In a world divided into factions, social entrepreneurs are connecting people in new configurations and helping them work together more effectively because social entrepreneurs tend to pursue an end in a communal way.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

26 September 2012

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Post-traumatic stress has dire consequences for U.S. veterans, including an increase in suicide, and not all therapeutic treatments for the disorder have succeeded. To treat and potentially cure the effects of PTSD, t...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

25 July 2012

New York, New York, United States

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Nationally, only about a third of municipal solid waste is recycled. An initiative to use simpler, standardized signs and labels is helping communities reap greater benefits from recycling.

The Atlantic

Max Fisher

23 July 2012

Japan

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While the United States struggled with thousands of gun-related homicides in 2008, Japan had a meager eleven. Despite Japan being a developed country, it has controlled and restricted gun-use from the police on the st...

Inter Press Service News Agency

Julio Godoy

18 July 2012

Paris, France

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Paris is a city plagued by traffic jams and air pollution. In 2007, the local government created a public bicycle sharing program called Velib that has drastically reduced the number of cars on the roadways and parkin...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Jacob Kushner

28 June 2012

Haiti

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An essential roadway in Haiti is being rebuilt in the kind of aid Haitians say is vital to economic recovery after the catastrophic earthquake of 2010. National Route 7 is an important highway for farmers and other me...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

27 June 2012

New York, New York, United States

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Funding with too many strings attached makes it hard for non-profits to grow and be impactful. An American organization, Nonprofit Finance Fund (N.F.F.) Capital Partners division, is finding ways to finance non-profit...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

20 June 2012

United Kingdom

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When a government needs to invest in an expensive capital project — a new sewer system, bridge or highway — it issues bonds. The hot new idea in social programs – finance prevention programs to cut recidivism, reduce ...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

20 June 2012

Rangkhani, Nepal

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Microhydro power plants are finding their place amongst some of the smallest villages in Nepal, bringing both electricity and industry opportunities to the regions. Although they aren't capable of generating near the ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

30 May 2012

New York, New York, United States

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When we consider the vast sums that governments spend — and the responsibility public officials bear — it seems crazy that policy makers don’t routinely make good use of evidence. The new White House effort to base sp...

The New York Times

Michael Kimmelman

18 May 2012

Medellin, Colombia

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Medellin, Colombia has looked to architecture to help combat its high homicide rate and other problems. Over the past few decades there have been massive public architecture development, transit improvements, creatio...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

6 May 2012

Elmira, New York, United States

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In 2010, 5.9 million children were reported as abused or neglected in the United States. The Nurse-Family Partnership, or NFP, arranges for registered nurses to make regular home visits to first-time low-income or vul...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

2 May 2012

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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CitiStat has show great success in cities like Baltimore, where it has improved city services' efficiency (removing snow, fixing potholes, etc.). Many cities use Stat programs, but Baltimore has been a particular case...

The New York Times

Erica Goode

10 March 2012

Mississippi, United States

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A positive transformation in a Mississippi prison has become a focal point for a growing number of states rethinking the use of long-term isolation. Humanitarian groups have long argued that solitary confinement has d...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

16 November 2011

Sharbaga, Punjab, Pakistan

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Thanks to a partnership between the United Nations Development Program and the government of Punjab, the state is seeing a reduction in poverty and a regeneration of agriculture. Since implementation, farmers incomes ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

15 November 2011

Irving, Texas, United States

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While weight loss can be challenging to maintain, different structures are being created to help. Certain support groups, financial incentives, and tough love are proving to be effective.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

13 October 2011

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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For first-time youth criminal offenders, the traditional American jury falls short in encouraging behavioral change and may even set the juvenile on a course for repeated crimes. Washington, DC’s Youth Court is a jury...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

4 October 2011

Sudan

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Rapid Results Initiatives are micro social change projects that a village, government office, or business will work accomplish in just 100 days. They have proven to be sustainably effective at various tasks because ...

The New York Times

Maia Szalavitz

22 September 2011

Massachusetts, United States

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdoses are the leading cause of injury-related mortality. Naxolone, a drug used to revive overdose victims, is only available by prescription. Howev...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

1 September 2011

Dadaab, Garissa, Kenya

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American humanitarian aid and programs by the United Nations have proved beneficial to equip Middle Eastern refugees with resources for self-settlement outside of camps. The self-settlement model has empowered refugee...

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