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Provides results from a survey of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin residents. Includes views on the impact of money in state politics and the choice of available candidates, and support for education, healthcare, and jobs reform.
Pew Internet & American Life Project;
Analyzes survey results on the public's use of and attitudes toward government Web sites and social media, including online transactions, services, and information accessed and level of engagement -- by education, income, race/ethnicity, and gender.
IRC International Water and Sanitation Center;
In May 2015, African leaders committed to budget allocations amounting to 0.5% of their countries'respective Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to sanitation and hygiene by 2020. Specifically, thiscommitment was part of the Ngor Declaration adopted at the fourth African Conference on Sanitationand Hygiene (AfricaSan) by ministers responsible for sanitation and hygiene.1 This brief explores thecontext of this commitment: how much are governments currently investing in sanitation? How can thisinvestment be increased?
Offers strategies for realizing Knight's 2009 call for e-government and openness using Web 2.0 and 3.0 technologies, including public-private partnerships to develop applications, flexible procurement procedures, and better community broadband access.
Provides an overview of Ford's initiative to award grants to federal, state, or local government programs annually for introducing imaginative solutions to critical social problems. Profiles the 1995 recipients and lists finalists and previous recipients.
Provides an overview of Ford's initiative to award $100,000 grants to ten federal, state, or local government programs each year for introducing imaginative solutions to critical social problems. Profiles the 1997 award recipients and lists finalists.
The current Social Security system is unsustainable. As President Clinton has pointed out, the only alternative to tax increases or benefit cuts is to increase the rate of return to investment of Social Security funds. That means either allowing individuals to invest their own Social Security taxes or allowing the government to invest them. Supporters of government investing claim that it would allow the government to reap the benefits of the higher returns available in private capital markets, incur lower administrative costs than individual accounts, and allow the government to spread the risk of poor investment performance.
On the surface, that approach may have some appeal; in reality it is fraught with peril. It could potentially make the federal government the largest shareholder in American corporations, raising the possibility of government control of American business. In addition, there are serious questions about what types of investment the government would make. Political considerations and "social investing" are likely to influence the government's investment decisions, allowing the government to manipulate economic markets.
Rural Sociological Society;
Inspired by the best-selling "Reinventing Government", governments at all levels have decentralized programs and services and introduced market-based competition into operations. The goal of decentralization and privatization is to enhance civic participation and harness the market efficiencies that competition can offer.
Decentralization and competition have certainly led to efficiencies and innovation. However, as Mildred Warner argues in her chapter in "Challenges for Rural America in the Twenty-First Century", many rural communities with limited resources have been overwhelmed by this new focus on market competition and decentralization.
These two forces have reduced small local governments' ability to produce and deliver services, administer municipal functions, and plan and execute strategies for further development. The pressures risk exacerbating inequality between rural and urban areas as rural governments with limited means fall even farther behind wealthier communities that can compete more successfully for development, tax base, and contracts with private-sector service providers.
This issue brief is a joint product of the Rural Sociological Society and the National Coalition for Rural Entrepreneurship, a collaboration of four Regional Rural Development Centers: The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, the Southern Rural Development Center, the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, and the Western Rural Development Center. Funding was also made available from the Ford Foundation.
This brief is part of a policy brief series by the Rural Sociological Society and the Regional Rural Development Centers that stresses the importance of community collective action and developing the capacity of people and organizations to meet the community's needs
The Rural Sociological Society and the Regional Rural Development Centers creates new Public Policy Issue Brief series based on its recent book, "Challenges for Rural America in the Twenty-First Century".
The briefs synthesize the context and substance of important issues raised in the book and address alternative policy options, with the goal of bringing important research to the policy community.
This issue brief provides critical insights into how education grantmakers (and foundations in general) may be able to work more effectively with state and local education leaders. Based on interviews with participants at a national gathering convened by the Council of Chief State School Officers in January 2011, it offers a nuanced assessment of this type of convening, including the challenges that face grantmakers and education leaders in their work to coordinate future efforts effectively.
National Council of Nonprofits;
This report reviews the creation, recommendations, and implementation activities of joint government nonprofit contracting reform task forces in nine states to identify trends and insights that can be applied elsewhere. It is the latest publication in an ongoing series from the National Council of Nonprofits that identifies solutions to a national crisis: broken and antiquated contracting processes that waste limited resources and frustrate the ability of governments and charitable nonprofits to achieve their missions. This report provides proven ways for governments and nonprofits to collaborate to save money for taxpayers and donors while maintaining or even improving client-based outcomes and enhancing accountability.
Provides an overview of Ford's initiative to award grants to federal, state, or local government programs annually for introducing imaginative solutions to critical social problems. Profiles the 1994 recipients and lists finalists and previous recipients.