Aspen Institute Publications

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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...

Putting the Pieces in Place: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools' Teacher Evaluation System

Rachel Curtis
March 30, 2012

The two top priorities in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools' Strategic Plan 2014 Teaching Our Way to the Top are: focusing on equitable instruction district-wide, and creating a performance-oriented culture based on continuous improvement and accountability for results.

Key Takeaways:

  • Target use of teacher performance data
  • ...

A Northern Tiger? Canada's Economic and Fiscal Renaissance and its Implications for the United States

Jeremy A. Leonard
March 29, 2012

Little known to an American public weary of the seemingly intractable fiscal problems facing the United States is an example of a mature democracy successfully addressing a similar set of problems. In the 1990s Canada faced chronic fiscal deficits, saw one-third of its Federal expenditures go to debt relief, and suffered unemployment averaging over 9.5% for the entire decade. Yet by the end of that...

Updating Rules of the Digital Road: Privacy, Security, Intellectual Property

Richard Adler
March 20, 2012

Given the current growth and importance of the Internet, the report of the 2011 Aspen Institute Conference on Communications Policy titled Updating Rules of the Digital Road: Privacy, Security, Intellectual Property, highlights the elements that will allow for greater use of broadband as the common medium: security, privacy and intellectual property regulation. Written by rapporteur Richard...