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Jul 14 2014

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

Demos: Publications: Scouting for Skills

What’s a nation to do when the service sector continues to rise? How can various institutions respond to increased employer emphasis on “character” and “employability skills?” A number of political leaders have called for schools to change the way they approach this issue and this working paper from the Demos group (produced with the support of The Scout Association) suggests that participation in certain key extracurricular activities might be the answer. The study notes that “participation in Scouts provides a range of soft skills, opportunities and networks that improve young people’s employment prospects in later life.” Visitors will find much to enjoy in this paper and it’s worth sharing with folks in the fields of public policy, human development, and workforce training.


Papers of Governor C. Farris Bryant

Florida Governor C. Farris Bryant was an intriguing post-World War II politician who also served in the state legislature in the 1950s and 1960s. This digital collection brings together a range of his personal papers courtesy of the University of Florida Digital Collections Initiative. There are over 280 items here, including a fascinating 1962 video, Adapting the Atom to Florida Progress, and a range of campaign correspondence and promotional materials. Visitors can perform an advanced search across the materials or perform a full-text search. Interested visitors can also read through the complete finding guide for his papers.

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 20, Number 26, July 11, 2014]


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Jul 05 2013

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

  1. Demos: A/V
  2. The Demos group in Britain conducts high-quality public policy research on a wide range of topics, including urban design, social assistance policies, and the housing market. Like many other think tanks, the group also produces a wide range of presentations on its work. This section of the site presents full-length programs like “Multi-Dimensional Poverty,” “The Future of Open Data,” and “How Labour Wins Again.” One of the programs that should not be missed is the conversation on “It’s Who You Know: The Power of Social Networks.” It’s a response by Richard Horton of The Lancet to another speech on social networks and it’s quite insightful. All told, there are about three dozen programs in the Video section, while the Audio area contains podcasts and speeches dating back to 2006. Two recommended programs are “The Power Gap” (on power in contemporary societies) and a conversation with Evgeny Morozov on the relationship between politics and the Internet.

  3. International Development in Practice: What Works in Development?
  4. The very title of this OpenCourseWare site asks a question that has bedeviled non-governmental organizations for decades: what works in development? Created by Professor Steve Relfenberg of the University of Notre Dame, this course explores diverse approaches to thinking about international development and processes that bring about individual and societal change. As with many OpenCourseWare offerings, your can ramble through the syllabus, readings, course schedule, lectures, discussions, and essay assignments. The Lectures area is worth a look, as it contains PowerPoint slides for discussions on Studying Haiti, Taking Ideas to Scale, and The Complex Worlds of Foreign Aid. The Discussion area contains video resources that complement each lecture. Courses cover various Areas of study such as Sociology, Political Sciences, Poverty Studies, Architecture, Physics, Civil Engineering, English etc. Finally, you can look over the Essay Assignments area and the very helpful Additional Resources section, which features links to the Poverty Action Lab at MIT and the United Nations Development Project

    [Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 25, June 21, 2013]


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Jun 07 2013

Free Handpicked Articles from The Journal of Risk and Uncertainty

The Journal of Risk and Uncertainty contains original manuscripts, both theoretical and empirical, dealing with the analysis of risk-bearing behavior and decision making under uncertainty. The topics covered in the journal include, but are not limited to, decision theory and the economics of uncertainty, psychological models of choice under uncertainty, risk and public policy, experimental investigations of behavior under uncertainty, and empirical studies of real world risk-taking behavior.

2011 Impact Factor: 1.529

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Apr 18 2013

New publication is available at the Scout Report!

Top Five Reasons Why Africa Should Be a Priority for the United States

Released in March 2013, this report from the Brookings Institution’s African Growth Initiative provides compelling information on why the African continent should be a public policy priority for the United States. The report is divided into five short sections, including “China in Africa: Implications for U.S. Competition and Diplomacy,” “Transforming the U.S.-African Commercial Relationship,” and “Advancing Peace and Security in Africa.” It’s a timely work that sets out a cogent argument and will be of particular interest to public policy scholars, journalists, and others interested in global politics.

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 15, April 12, 2013]


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Aug 16 2012

Most downloaded articles from Applied Research in Quality of Life

Applied Research in Quality of Life (ARQOL) presents conceptual, methodological and empirical papers dealing with quality-of-life studies in the applied areas of the natural and social sciences. It aims to publish papers that have direct implications for, or impact on practical applications of research on the quality of life. The articles are crafted from interdisciplinary, inter-professional and international perspectives. ARQOL guides decision making in a variety of professions, industries, nonprofit, and government sectors, including healthcare, travel and tourism, marketing, corporate management, community planning, social work, public administration, and human resource management. It helps decision makers apply performance measures and outcome assessment techniques based on such concepts as well-being, human satisfaction, human development, happiness, wellness and quality-of-life.

Impact Factor: 0.744

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May 17 2012

Latest resources from Urban Institute

  2. What We Talk about When We Talk about Fairness

    To watch the video webcast or a recording, you may click here.

    This forum will tackle the many dimensions of fairness through multiple lenses: economics, history, and philosophy, especially as they come into play in debates over taxes, spending, and public policy more generally. With election season heating up and candidates drafting their stump speeches, they’ll be making a lot of claims about fairness. Are there ways to assess these claims beyond whether the policy prescriptions agree with ours?

  4. Medicare, Medicaid and the Deficit Debate” – By John Holahan and Stacey McMorrow

    Between 2000 and 2010, Medicare enrollment increased due to the aging population and Medicaid enrollment increased because of two recessions, with more poor people qualifying for the latter. However, expenditure growth per enrollee was 2.7 percent per year, slightly below that of private insurance. Thus, spending growth in both programs on a per-enrollee basis is close to growth in GDP per capita, the target often advocated by those concerned with the nation’s deficit. Deficit-reduction proposals such as premium support and block grants will have a hard time achieving better outcomes. They produce savings primarily by shifting costs onto existing enrollees and, in the case of Medicaid, onto the states as well.

  6. Downward Mobility from the Middle Class: Waking Up from the American Dream” – By Gregory Acs

    A third of Americans raised in the middle class (between the 30th and 70th percentiles of the income distribution) fall out of that category as adults. Marital status, education, test scores, and drug use have a strong influence on whether a middle-class child loses economic ground as an adult. Only among whites are women more downwardly mobile than men: 30 percent of white women fall out of the middle class, compared with 21 percent of white men.

  8. What Federal Tax Reform Means for State and Local Tax and Fiscal Policies” – By Kim Rueben

    The need for fundamental federal tax reform is critical, but it is important to consider how any changes shape not only federal revenues and economic activity but the tax and fiscal policies of state and local governments, Kim Rueben told the Senate Finance Committee.

  10. WIC Participants and Their Growing Need for Coverage” – By Michael Martinez-Schiferl

    In 2009, 2.7 million infants, 9.5 million children, and 2.9 million women were eligible for benefits from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), but only 2.2 million infants, 4.8 million children, and 2.2 million women received them. This brief summarizes key features of the WIC program, including eligibility rules, participation rates, benefits, and administration.

  12. Read more at http://www.urban.org/publications/901498.html.
    Fragile households seeking solid footing in a weak economy will receive reinvigorated support as Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and South Carolina take up the challenge of streamlining services aiding low-income working families. The six states have been awarded three-year grants to test and implement easy-to-navigate, quick-to-deliver public benefit systems. The grants, the centerpiece of the Work Support Strategies: Streamlining Access, Strengthening Families (WSS) initiative, average about $460,000 per state for each year. The Ford Foundation, the WSS project’s lead funder, has committed $21 million over five years. The Open Society Foundations and the Annie E. Casey Foundation have provided additional support.

[Source: Urban Institute]


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Sep 21 2011

Free Reads from Review of Philosophy and Psychology

Review of Philosophy and Psychology is a quarterly journal fostering interdisciplinary research at the intersection of philosophy and the sciences of the mind. It covers the main philosophical and theoretical trends in the field of cognitive science in a format of thematic issues. Besides, it offers a platform for debate on recent research trends at the junction between philosophy, psychology and cognitive science.


SpringerLink has free open access from Review of Philosophy and Psychology until September 30, 2011:


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Aug 31 2011

Psychology Headlines Around the World from Socialpsychology.org

  1. Illinois college becomes first to ask undergrads if they’re gay
  2. Census: More same-sex couples in more places
  3. Last of the pink-triangle wearers survived deadly Nazi homophobia
  4. Anti-aging Techniques Not Yet Viewed As Acceptable According To U Of T Research
  5. The Cost of Mental Health in Europe
  6. Being Right Is Not Enough For Four-Year-Olds
  7. East-West Differences In Romantic Love
  8. Mass Media Messages And Fat-Stigma   

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Aug 10 2011

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

Woods Institute for the Environment

The Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University harnesses the expertise and imagination of leading academics and decision-makers to create practical solutions for people and the planet. In the site’s “Research” area, you can learn about their strategic collaborations that deal with food security and ocean viability. Research at Woods focuses on several core areas related to Social Sciences such as Climate & Energy, Land Use & Conservation and Sustainable Built Environment. Moreover, The Woods Environmental Venture Projects program also provides seed funding to interdisciplinary teams of faculty for innovative research in these core areas…


[Source: The Scout Report, Volume 17, Number 31, August 5, 2011]


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Aug 02 2011

Palgrave Open Launched

Palgrave Open offers authors of accepted primary research papers the choice to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) in order for their article to be made available to non-subscribers immediately upon publication. Palgrave Open articles are made freely available online and can be freely redistributed under a choice of Creative Commons licenses.


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