Aspen Institute Publications

Aspen Institute publications are listed below. Many are available for purchase through Google Checkout, a secure system for handling credit card transaction online. For assistance with ordering publications, please contact our Publications office by email or by phone at (410) 820.5326. Please note: Orders are shipped two times a week from our warehouse in Queenstown, MD, on the Eastern Shore.

Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries

A Report of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries
Amy K. Garmer
October 14, 2014

Rising to the Challenge is the culmination of a year-long exploration and examination of the challenges and opportunities facing communities and their public libraries as society moves deeper into the digital era. It projects a new vision for public libraries and promotes new thinking about libraries, their critical assets, new networked forms and the essential role they now play in providing...

The First Year of Accelerating Opportunity

THERESA ANDERSON, LAUREN EYSTER, ROBERT I. LERMAN—THE URBAN INSTITUTE CAROL CLYMER, MAUREEN CONWAY, MARCELA MONTES—THE ASPEN INSTITUTE
October 8, 2014

Launched in 2011, the Accelerating Opportunity (AO) initiative aims to increase the ability of students with low basic skills to earn valued occupational credentials, obtain a well-paying job, and sustain a rewarding career. AO is encouraging states to change the delivery of adult education for students interested in learning career skills by enrolling them in for-credit career and technical education...

Hiring Exceptional Community College Presidents: Tools for Hiring Leaders who Advance Student Success and Access

September 29, 2014

The College Excellence Program at the Aspen Institute aims to advance higher education practices, polices, and leadership that significantly improve student outcomes. Hiring Exceptional Community College Presidents: Tools for Hiring Leaders who...

Impact Inventing: Strengthening the Ecosystem for Invention-Based Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets

Alexander N. Pan
September 25, 2014

This report focuses on what differentiates an invention-based entrepreneur from traditional entrepreneurs and highlights what support invention-based entrepreneurs require, what resources are available, what ecosystem level gaps remain, and what tangible actions can be taken to fill these...

Complexity and Community Change: Managing Adaptively to Improve Effectiveness

September 24, 2014

The challenges of transforming distressed communities are heightened by the complexity of the problems community change actors address and the complexity of the environments in which they work. Confronted by complexity, actors in the community change field need to respond adaptively to manage effectively. This new publication from the Roundtable applies a complexity lens to place-based community...

Responding to Trends in the U.S. Electricity Sector

2014 Energy Policy Forum Report
Sue Tierney, Chair and Dave Grossman, Rapporteur
September 22, 2014

The 2014 Forum, “Responding to Trends in the U.S. Electricity Sector,” was chaired by Sue Tierney, Managing Principal of The Analysis Group and former Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy. Topics discussed included EPA’s recently proposed rule on CO2 emissions from existing power plants, surging production of cheap natural gas, and virtually flat demand and revenue, due in part to distributed energy...

The Affordable Care Act: Affording Two-Generation Approaches Health

September 18, 2014

This new report from the Aspen Institute and the National Academy for State Health Policy highlights the significant opportunity in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the accompanying Medicaid expansion to produce better health and economic stability for children and parents together. This is the first comprehensive look at the ACA through a two-generation lens, exploring both the possibilities and the...

Client Gains in Credit Scores and Financial Capability

LUZ I. GOMEZ and ILGAR ALISULTANOV, with assistance from JOYCE KLEIN
September 11, 2014

The second publication in this series highlighting the findings from the Asset Building through Credit Pilot details the outcomes of 385 secured cardholders in terms of credit scores and financial behaviors. The paper and companion infographic offer practical lessons for practitioners, funders and others seeking to move the needle on financial capability.

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The Impact of Entrepreneurship Database Program 2014 Mid-Year Data Summary

Peter W. Roberts andn Sean Peters (Social Enterprise @ Goizueta) in collaboration with Saurabh Lall (ANDE)
September 8, 2014

This report summarizes the data collected from entrepreneurs who applied to several participating accelerator programs in 2013 and the first half of 2014. After setting aside duplicate application surveys, surveys with too much missing information, and surveys from entrepreneurs who declined to share their information with the Impact of Entrepreneurship Database program, the observations in this 2014...

Metrics to Align Mission with Financial Performance: Tips from Practitioners

Mike McCreless, Root Capital
September 2, 2014

Social enterprises and impact investors, along with non-profits and foundations, have invested significant effort in designing metrics to monitor and evaluate impact. Yet these impact metrics do not create as much value as they could. Too often, impact metrics, and the people who manage them, are siloed in their own departments, databases, and discourses, one step removed from strategic and financial...

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