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Laura and John Arnold Foundation launches $15 million competition to use evidence-based programs to “move the needle” on major social problems

HOUSTON, TX—As part of its effort to encourage governments to make decisions based on rigorous research and reliable evidence, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today launched the Moving the Needle Competition, which will provide funding for state and local governments and nonprofit organizations that implement highly effective social programs in an effort to … Read More

Matt Alsdorf to serve as vice president of criminal justice at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today announced that Matt Alsdorf has been selected to serve as the Foundation’s vice president of criminal justice. Matt has been a critical member of the team since LJAF first decided to focus on this area in 2011. He and his predecessor, Anne Milgram, worked closely together to … Read More

Laura and John Arnold Foundation announces grant to expand anticorruption research hub at Columbia Law School

HOUSTON, TX—The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today announced a grant to the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity (CAPI) to expand its anticorruption research hub at Columbia Law School. CAPI is bringing investigators, prosecutors, oversight authorities, academics, and ethics officials together to develop the alliances, tools, and insights needed to tackle corruption … Read More

Why journalists should stop publishing studies conducted with mice

On a near-daily basis, the public is bombarded with news headlines announcing the latest “breakthrough” findings related to cancer, obesity, psychological disorders, and so on. Here are just a few examples from the past couple of years: “High fat/low carb diet could help treat schizophrenia” (Yahoo News) “A 12-Hour Window for a Healthy Weight” (New … Read More

Progress in effort to prevent incarceration of those who can’t afford to pay court fines and fees

This week, there have been significant developments in the effort to prevent cities and states from incarcerating people simply because they are unable to pay court fines and fees. On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reached a settlement in its lawsuit filed against the City of Biloxi, Mississippi. The suit argued that poor … Read More