Category: Research & Reports

Measuring the impact of mozzarella

We’re awash in a terrifying survey culture. You can’t so much as buy a pack of gum anymore without being assaulted with email and phone requests to “take a five-minute survey to help improve the gum chewing experience.” At least in the better of these survey pitches, you the consumer are cast as the hero of the story.… MORE >>

International aid groups and Haitian coffee farmers: why the best way to help the poor is to listen

Ian Williams, in his history of rum, explains that in the 1980’s there were only two businesses in Haiti that were productive. One was the Barbancourt rum distillery, which produces some of the world’s great rums.… MORE >>

Cheap Points in Kellogg’s Voter Rights Report

The Transformative Justice Coalition, a social justice advocacy group, recently released a one-hundred and fifty-six page report on ‘Protecting and Expanding Voting Rights.’ In addition to addressing issues surrounding voting rights, the Coalition concerns itself with police reform, youth leadership, and international human rights.… MORE >>

Are App-Obsessed Millennials Really Too Individualistic?

Numbers from Pew released in March of 2015 continue to affirm what everyone already knew: that Americans stand out from other countries in the world when it comes to individualism.… MORE >>

Elephant in the room

An awkward conflict of interest inevitably arises when researching the politics of foundations, since so many of the researchers rely on foundation grants.  “It’s something so obvious that saying it out loud seems rude.… MORE >>

Political polarization reaches the small screen

We hear over and over again about the growing polarization in America. Pew reported a few years ago that partisanship has grown both more concentrated and more pointed since the mid-nineties—the number of voters expressing hard ideological stances has doubled while those same voters feel more and more unfavorable towards their counterparts on the other side.… MORE >>

China’s philanthropic void

Even though it has the world’s second largest population of billionaires, China ranks 144th out of 145 countries on CAF ‘s World Giving Index which measures the percentage of a population that engages in charitable giving and volunteer work, as well as how willing people are to help strangers.… MORE >>

Was 2015 really America’s most generous year ever?

Good news from the latest Giving USA’s report: in 2015 charitable donations in the United States amounted to $373.25 billion. That means Americans donated over $1 billion per day, on average.… MORE >>

Cultivating Resilience in Children

How paying kids to succeed doesn’t work, why good teachers make all the difference, and why parents need to have choices (through vouchers for some and charters for everyone).MORE >>

More turnout for charitable giving than for elections

Americans are more motivated to give to charity than they are to vote for president: perhaps they feel charity will make more of a notable difference.… MORE >>

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