To the surprise of many, making the act of voting easier hasn’t actually led to higher voter turnout. To increase turnout, we need to get more people interested in politics.
To achieve broad social impact, we need systemic solutions. This requires government to lead with an outcomes-focused approach that embraces data and technology, aligns financial incentives, learns from policy failures and successes, and acts on new knowledge about what works.
Changing from winner-take-all single member districts, which limit voters' choices and races' competitiveness, to a multi-party system could significantly increase voter turnout.
Studies of voter registration systems around the world and recent reforms in the United States suggest that automatic voter registration can significantly increase registration rates and enhance turnout.
Welfare reform to encourage work doesn’t take into account how unstable jobs have become, especially for the poorest.
If government is going to champion outcomes-based policies, let’s learn from our mistakes.
The tide that has swept experimental program evaluation to the forefront of knowledge building about social policy is suddenly ebbing.
The financial lives of Americans have dramatically changed. The programs, policies, and products designed to help them need to change too.
We can drive more capital to community-driven solutions that deliver results, but first we need a change in mindset—one that focuses on outcomes—using data and partnerships.
Two federal agencies have removed barriers that have discouraged foundations and pension funds from seeking out impact investments.