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How the District Analysis Review Tool (DART) Enables Better Research

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Peter Ciurczak
The District Analysis Review Tool, or DART, facilitates a deeper understanding of student and teacher performance across every school and district within the state. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) makes DART data accessible online so that researchers, parents and other interested parties can more easily investigate things like: how many students attending Boston Latin are economically disadvantaged (363) or what percentage of African-American students at Boston Arts Academy scored proficient or higher on their English Language Arts Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test (95%).

The Impact of Success Boston Coaching on College Outcomes

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Antoniya Owens (The Boston Foundation), Hayley Didriksen and Beth Gamse (Abt Associates)
The benefits of postsecondary education in today’s economy and society are well documented. College graduates are less likely to be unemployed or suffer job losses in economic downturns; they earn higher salaries and are more competitive in the job market. In fact, projections show that by 2020, more than 70 percent of jobs in Massachusetts will be held by workers with postsecondary credentialsi. And in Boston—a hub of higher education as well as leading industries like life sciences, health care, and high tech—boosting college completion is crucial for ensuring its future competitiveness and prosperity.

Interview: Opportunities in Leader Transitions for New England Nonprofits

Monday, March 27, 2017
Peter Ciurczak
The Boston Foundation's Peter Ciurczak sits down with Hez Norton, Director of Partnerships and Leadership Initiatives for Third Sector New England, and Jennifer W. Aronson, Associate Vice President for Programs, to chat about the recently released, "Opportunity in Change: Preparing Boston for Leader Transitions and New Models of Nonprofit Leadership."

Interview: The Growing Challenge of Family Homelessness

Monday, February 27, 2017
Peter Ciurczak
The Boston Indicators sat down with some of the authors of "The Growing Challenge of Family Homelessness," after the successful release of their report on February 23. Speaking with Debra Rog and Kathryn Henderson, principal investigator and analyst respectively, we chat about the study's main findings and how the Westat investigators came to their conclusions.  

Key Data from The Arts are a Public Good Forum

Friday, February 24, 2017
Peter Ciurczak
Part of what makes city life so rich is having access to a wide range of vibrant arts programming. But arts programs—especially smaller, community-based ones—are rarely well-funded. In order to understand the makeup and distribution of arts funding across the city, the Boston Foundation sponsored research into the key funding needs for the arts community in Boston. The fruit of that labor, “How Boston and Other American Cities Support and Sustain the Arts,” finds that the city’s small and medium sized cultural institutions lack significant public funding and are instead largely self-funded, through ticket sales and contributions from individual donors. In response to these findings, this month the Boston Foundation held a forum to highlight innovative local options for raising new public funding for the arts that have been implemented in other parts of the United States.
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