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News and Events 4-13-12: Saving Lives, Education, and Social Impact & Entrepreneurship

April 13, 2012

Life-Saving News

Saving Lives in a Time of Cholera: In her fixes column, Tina Rosenberg discuss an innovative solution for disaster management—having knowledge and supplies ready and prepositioned for quick action. A new partnership between AmeriCares and the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research (ICDDR-B) in Bangladesh will do just this for cholera—a disease that can be successfully treated and halted with prompt initiation of evidence-based interventions.

In Newark, Mayor Saves a Woman From a Fire: Not only is Mayor Cory Booker a major force in philanthropy and Newark’s school reform efforts, but he also saves lives.

Kate Hovde

Kate Hovde, Senior Analyst

Education Notes from Kate Hovde

Study Points to Drop in Per-Pupil Spending for Pre-K: A new study from the National Institute for Early Education Research has found that although pre-K enrollments have continued to increase, per-pupil spending has been falling in many states, raising concerns about quality.

Learning from Charter School Management Organizations: Strategies for Student Behavior and Teacher Coaching: The Center for Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica have released the last of a series of reports on high achieving charter management organizations, or CMOs. CMOs included in the study included KIPP DC, Uncommon Schools, Aspire Public Schools, Inner City Educational Foundation, and YES Prep Public Schools.

The study examined in depth, two practices associated with better student outcomes: the setting of high expectations for student behavior, and intensive coaching of teachers, and how each of these practices was employed within each network. For donors involved in funding charter schools, this is potentially useful reading to pass along to grantees. These practices can be (and in some cases are being) used in regular public schools as well.

Social Impact & Entrepreneurship News

Will social impact bonds work in the United States? In January, our team made a series of “recommitments” that included examining alternative financing vehicles for impact. This recent article from McKinsey’s social sector practice looks at one of these vehicles: social impact bonds. It is a helpful primer on what they are, how they work, and the kind of difference they might make. You can also follow and join the discussion on social impact bonds on Social Edge.

Hacking for Good: Coders and Community Workers Unite in San Francisco: Project featured on GOOD which combines the use of technology and data to serve homeless populations and also includes a diversity of people—techies, business people, and community workers—in the process of finding solutions. Penn professors Dennis Culhane and John Fantuzzo are working on an initiative, Intelligence for Social Policy, which uses integrated data systems to improve policy and practice on issues such as homelessness.

Journalism is Becoming a Form of Social Entrepreneurship: Back in the March, the New York Times eliminated its special coverage of philanthropy. In the latest issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Knight Foundation Fellow, Jeremy Adam Smith discusses the opportunities for nonprofits and social entrepreneurs to report on news in the social sector.

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  1. February 3, 2013 8:10 am

    I’d personally also like to mention that most individuals that find themselves with no health insurance usually are students, self-employed and those that are laid-off. More than half from the uninsured are really under the age of 35. They do not experience they are needing health insurance simply because they’re young and healthy. The income is normally spent on homes, food, along with entertainment. Most people that do work either entire or not professional are not presented insurance by their jobs so they move without due to rising valuation on health insurance in the country. Thanks for the ideas you write about through your blog.

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