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Inequality: A persisting challenge and its implications

– While the wealth gap has narrowed globally, inequality within advanced economies has increased since the 1980s.
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Enabling at-scale government transformations through partner support

– Many governments are working with philanthropic organizations on transformation efforts. Both sides can take steps to assure they... get the most out of the relationship.
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The economic impact of closing the racial wealth gap

– The persistent racial wealth gap in the United States is a burden on black Americans as well as the overall economy. New research... quantifies the impact of closing the gap and identifies key sources of this socioeconomic inequity.
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Social spending: Managing a $5 trillion challenge

– Spending on social priorities, such as pensions, unemployment support, and disability, account for a large portion of government... expenditure, yet many services fail to meet customer expectations.
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Homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area: The crisis and a path forward

– Homelessness in and around the San Francisco Bay Area continues to rise. Coordinated efforts among governments, nonprofits, and... the private sector could stem the crisis and spark progress.

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How to improve student educational outcomes

To understand what matters in student achievement, we applied analytics to data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), administered by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). These reports take on a few of the most active debates: Do mindsets matter? If so, to what extent? What teaching practices work best? Does technology help?

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Women in the Workplace 2019

– Five years in to our research, we see bright spots at senior levels. But companies need to focus their efforts earlier in the... pipeline to make real progress.
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Building operational excellence in higher education

– The example of one university shows the potential value in transforming administrative operations.
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An interview with former Peruvian Minister of Education Jaime Saavedra

– Jaime Saavedra came from the World Bank to lead the Education Ministry in his native country of Peru with a commitment to improve... quality across the public education system.
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Preparing young leaders for the future of work: An interview with Wendy Kopp

– “If we want kids to have meaningful careers, what educational outcomes do we need to work toward?” asks Wendy Kopp,... CEO and cofounder of Teach For All and founder of Teach For America.
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More than values: The value-based sustainability reporting that investors want

– Nonfinancial reports helped stimulate the growth of sustainable investing. Now investors are questioning current reporting practices—and... calling for changes that executives and board members must understand.
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The future of women in Asia’s workforce

– The potential for women in Asia to raise their economic position is great, but automation will present unique challenges for women... in the workforce.
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Education reform in Norway: Looking beyond politics to bring sustained change

– Education policy in Norway has been shaped by data more than by doctrine. As a result, education reforms in the country have been... supported by various governments across a broad political spectrum for more than a decade.
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Women in the healthcare industry

– To see how the healthcare sector stacks up on gender equality, we look at employee experiences, policies, and the effectiveness... of industry programs intended to promote diversity and inclusion.
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The present and future of women at work in Canada

– The future of the Canadian economy holds opportunities for women but to capture them, women will need to successfully reskill... and transition.
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Collaborating for the common good: Navigating public-private data partnerships

– Public-private data collaboration holds great promise for solving some of society’s toughest challenges, but a holistic... data-governance framework is needed to help build trust and address risks.
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Bringing major improvements to education in Colombia

– Over the course of her eight-year tenure as Colombia’s minister of education, Cecilia María Vélez White oversaw a massive overhaul... of the country’s approach to student enrollment and achievement.
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