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The Dawn of the Evidence-Based Budget

The New York Times

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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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Teaching women self-defence still the best way to reduce sexual assaults: study

The Globe and Mail

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In the debate over how to reduce sexual assault on university campuses, proposing self-defense classes for women is controversial. But, according to new landmark Canadian research, it works.

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A guide to Reinvestigating Rape: Old Evidence, New Answers

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

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In Cleveland, as in much of the United States, rape remains muffled by stigma and cloaked with such secrecy that discussions about it often are relegated to courtrooms. Activists are now campaigning for more widespread testing of rape kits to actively tackle the problem.

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

Buzzfeed

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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

The New York Times

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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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Mumbai slum dwellers say 'I have to help' stop violence against women

Public Radio International (PRI)

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Life in the Mumbai slum of Dharavi is stressful and sometimes violent, especially for women. Domestic violence is rampant, as are assaults out on the streets. An NGO called SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education & Health Action) is trying to change the prevalence of violence here with the help o...

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

NewsWorks

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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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India's Golden Chance

Virginia Quarterly Review

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Pathfinder International is a global organization that educates the poor in more than twenty countries on matters of reproductive health. In India, where many girls are forced into marriage and early motherhood, this education could be a key step toward freedom and equality.

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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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Leading the Way Out of Debt

The New York Times

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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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