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.

Institutional Innovation: Oxymoron or Imperative?

June 14, 2012

Institutional Innovation: Oxymoron or Imperative?, the Report of the 2011 Roundtable on Institutional Development, explores the consequences of the growing disconnect between the fundamental design of most firms and the capabilities of the business infrastructure in which they operate. The Report captures the insights of the participants with a focus on identifying conditions that are...

ANDE 2011 Impact Report

May 30, 2012

ANDE’s 2011 report on small and growing businesses (SGB) reveals progress and strides in building a new kind of investment community that is committed to both social and...

Advancing Evaluation Practices in Philanthropy

Jane Wales
May 17, 2012

A special supplement to the summer 2012 edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The special supplement features an introduction by Jane Wales and articles by five Aspen Philanthropy Group authors describing the monitoring and evaluation philosophies of the foundations they lead.

Moving Forward with Comparative Effectiveness Research

May 17, 2012

Advancements in biomedical science and technology have led to the development of many new diagnostic tests, drugs and devices—greatly expanding the treatment options available to patients. Less has been done to directly compare the effectiveness of such treatments, making it increasingly difficult for physicians and other providers to determine which therapeutic approaches will work best for which...

Courses to Employment: Partnering to Create Paths to Education and Careers

Maureen Conway, Amy Blair and Matt Helmer
May 2, 2012

This publication summarizes research from AspenWSI’s Courses to Employment project, which studied how six community college-nonprofit partnerships work together to help low-income adults succeed in the classroom and the labor market. The report provides an overview of the approach and strategies these partnerships use, how these partnerships are structured in terms of institutional roles and...

Toward a Single, Global Digital Economy: The First Report of the Aspen Institute IDEA Project

April 24, 2012

Toward a Single, Global Digital Economy: The First Report of the Aspen Institute IDEA Project discusses critical steps forward for establishing a fair, effective, and empowering multi-stakeholder system for governing the flow and use of data in a single global digital economy.

The two-year long Aspen Institute IDEA Project is an internationally inclusive project designed to explore the...

A Strong Foundation: Key Capacities of Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

Matt Helmer, Amy Blair and Allison Gerber
April 19, 2012

This publication shares research from site visits conducted to construction pre-apprenticeship programs in Baltimore, Hartford, Milwaukee and Portland (OR).   Findings from the site visits, which included interviews and focus groups with pre-apprenticeship program staff, public officials, philanthropic leaders, construction industry leaders and employers, and pre-apprenticeship participants,...

Networks and Citizenship: Using Technology for Civic Innovation

Jeffrey Abramson
April 1, 2012

Networks and Citizenship: Using Technology for Civic Innovation, the Report of the 2011 Forum on Communications and Society (FOCAS), addresses two questions: (1) What does citizenship look like in an era of digital networks? and, (2) What are the emerging roles of individual citizens and institutions in this changing environment? Written by Rapporteur Jeffrey Abramson, Networks and...

Building It Together: The Design and Implementation of Hillsborough County Public Schools' Teacher Evaluation System

Rachel Curtis
March 30, 2012

Hillsborough County Public Schools has launched a teacher evaluation system that has attracted attention from educators and policy makers across the country. Centralized, collaborative, communications-driven and adaptable are key characteristics of Hillsborough's approach. The system consists of two main components: observation of instruction and teachers' value-added scores, based on student test...

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