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The Dawn of the Evidence-Based Budget

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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 spending decisions on hard evidence is a step toward delivering more social good p...

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How Conservative, Tough-On-Crime Utah Reined In Police Militarization

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The militarization of police forces in cases such as Ferguson, Missouri’s riots has led the state of Utah to question what can be done to prevent such an overuse of force from happening. Utah expanded upon a law passed by Democratic legislature in Maryland, which Utah’s ACLU reworked with some li...

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Open Education for a Global Economy

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An Irish-based company, ALISON, provides free, high-quality e-courses to people around the globe, particularly those where more traditional forms of education and job training are difficult to access, helping to change lives and the economy for the better.

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Philly-area firm leads the hospital-bill fight vs. the $500 Tylenol

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With more and more Americans having to pay medical costs out of pocket, a small company out of Philadelphia called ELAP is on the front lines of the war against escalating charges. By helping overwhelmed patients to de-mystify and negotiate medical bills, they are ensuring patients get the best v...

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Post-Katrina, Vietnamese Success

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Statistical data and observation seem to support the idea that Vietnamese-Americans have experienced a more robust recovery than other ethnic or racial groups in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, due, in theory, to 3 factors: 1) those Vietnamese who could afford to immigrate were wealthier to ...

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Preparing for Disaster by Betting Against It

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, necessity has bred an interesting kind of financial invention for the New York MTA: the world’s first “catastrophe” bond - a reinsurance for the insurer - designed to protect public transportation infrastructure, specifically against storm surge. These bonds priva...

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Putting Charities to the Test

The New York Times

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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 cost-effective strategies, are competent and honest, and can make good use of each ...

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The Power to Cure, Multiplied

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Project ECHO - driven by a single doctor with a cause - pulled together a team of specialists to develop a model that combines technology with collaborative care and careful patient tracking to help cure for diseases spread to patients around the world through community healthcare agents, as oppo...

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In Bangladesh, More Shelter From the Storms

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In a country of limited resources — and perhaps for that very reason — preparing for natural disasters is top of the agenda in Bangladesh. Various grassroots, collaborative programs have been put in place over the years to help address many facets of the calamities caused by cyclones, from improv...

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Leading the Way Out of Debt

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If the rich need personalized financial advice and hands-on-help, poor people need it more. Neighborhood Trust, a nonprofit that provides financial advice to low-income New Yorkers, is the largest operator of New York City’s Financial Empowerment Centers which were established in June 2008.

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