The Calm before the Storm: Getting Out in Front of Coastal Restoration

Recent hurricanes make evident the critical need to restore and protect our coasts - the last line of defense against mega storms.

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Categories: Climate Change

Evaluation Reports: Moving From Dusty Shelves into Action

Donors and evaluators work hard to generate evidence of what works and what doesn't work in development programs. But that evidence is not always used to improve programming. Here's a look at why and how we might change that.

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Not So Fast: When Indeed Does a Social Program Need an Impact Evaluation?

A social program needs an impact evaluation when the program is ready for one.

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The Need for Speed: How Rapid Cycle Evaluation Can Help Your Organization Excel

Piloting a new strategy for program administration or service delivery can be informative and support continuous quality improvement. But we should be careful to consider some key questions first.

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Accelerating Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry in Southeast Asia

By 2100, Asia will likely see a six degree Celsius temperature increase, drastically affecting water availability, food production, and ecosystem function. In some Southeast Asian countries, rice yields could decline by up to 50 percent, threatening food and economic security for some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

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Scant Evidence and Soaring Promises: New Research Needed on a Universal Basic Income

A universal basic income (UBI) is a regular, substantial, and unconditional cash income available to everyone, irrespective of their employment status or wealth. Its promise is the end of poverty as we know it.

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No Time to Waste: Public-Private Partnerships, Greater Coordination Needed Now on Solid Waste Management

As the world's population grows and urbanizes, and standards of living increase, so does consumption of goods and services, producing more solid waste.

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Can We Predict the Future? The Promise of Predictive Analytics and Recommender Systems

Can computer code help identify kids at risk of dropping out of school or predict recidivism among recovering addicts? This is the promise of using predictive analytics and recommender systems to help us solve policy research questions.

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Building the Evidence Base to Solve America’s Toughest Challenges

The federal government sponsors hundreds of programs designed to solve some of America's toughest challenges. The most important question facing policymakers and agency leadership is this: what public policies and programs work?

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How Can We Measure Housing Security? Suggestions for HUD’s New Effort

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Policy Development and Research has begun the work of developing a composite measure of housing security, a commendable and important effort.

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