Social Services Innovations in public services that promote equity and opportunity


Free College

By Corey Binns

San Francisco’s Free City program covers tuition at its community college through a real estate transaction tax.

Rethinking Lunchtime

By Noël Duan

New legislation around the United States aims to combat the widespread practice of shaming students who cannot pay for school lunch.

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The Cost of Financial Precarity

By Carrie Leana 1

Anxiety about debt and financial stability can severely reduce the productivity and health of employees, which can hurt a company’s bottom line. Businesses, government, and philanthropic organizations should embrace the case for improving the financial well-being of workers.

Social Insecurity

Review By Teresa Ghilarducci

Katherine Newman’s Downhill From Here challenges current economic thinking by arguing that the crisis in retirement security is caused by a flawed system, not flawed humans.

Spring 2019

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Homeless Shelter Uses Feedback to Help Its Clients Regain Independence


The Arkansas nonprofit Our House, which provides shelter to homeless families and individuals working to regain their economic independence, has built a culture of continuous feedback with surveys, community councils, and “happy or not” voting terminals. Part of a series produced for SSIR with the support of the Hewlett Foundation.