Aspen Institute Publications

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Artist-Endowed Foundations, Their Charitable Purposes and Public Benefit: Selections from the Study Report

Christine J. Vincent, Alberta Arthurs, Charles C. Bergman, James T. Demetrion, Lowery Stokes Sims, James Allen Smith, Stephen K. Urice
January 26, 2012

Homeland Security and Intelligence: Next Steps in Evolving the Mission

January 18, 2012

Examines the role that the Department of Homeland Security can and should play in the intelligence community. This paper was released during a hearing before the Terrorism, HUMIT, Analysis, and Counterintelligence (THACI) Subcommittee of U.S. House of Representatives' Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). AHSG members who appeared as witnesses included former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff...

Advancing Country Ownership for Greater Results

January 12, 2012

MLI organized the roundtable to share its lessons learned in working with health ministries and to give global health and development leaders a platform to address this issue. The discussion delved deeply into the structural and political challenges involved in trying to advance country ownership, as well as what it will take operationally to move beyond the rhetoric of country ownership to action...

Means to an End: A Guide to Developing Teacher Evaluation Systems that Support Growth and Development

Rachel Curtis and Ross Wiener
January 6, 2012

Teacher evaluation has emerged as a key strategy for improving student outcomes in public education.

The rationale is compelling: teachers vary widely in their effectiveness, and evaluation systems need to identify and address this variation. In the last two years, most states have adopted new policies to make teacher evaluations more rigorous and meaningful, and the field is consumed with...

Publication: 2011 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

College Excellence Program
December 12, 2011

For millions of Americans, community colleges provide an essential pathway to well-paying jobs and continuing higher education. The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence honors those institutions that strive for and achieve exceptional levels of success for all students, while they are in college and after they graduate.

Building an Impact Economy in America

December 2, 2011

"Building an Impact Economy in America" provides a condensed summary of a June 2011 Summit on the impact economy convened by the White House and the Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation's Impact Economy Initiative. The summit convened more than 150 leaders in the field -- investors, philanthropists, executives, and policymakers -- to discuss the emergence of the impact economy....

Policy Brief: Family Planning Promotes the Demographic Dividend

December 1, 2011

The demographic dividend is a powerful opportunity that occurs during the demographic shift from a population with high mortality and fertility rates to longer life expectancies and smaller family sizes. It offers the potential to boost economic growth and poverty reduction—but only if government leaders implement sound policies. 

Policy Brief: Population Growth, Reproductive Health and Sustainable Development

December 1, 2011

Today, the world’s nations must provide for an ever-growing population against a backdrop of food and water shortages, depleted resources, and a changing climate. Slower population growth would make that challenge easier to meet. Moreover, the means to slow growth—including family planning and other reproductive health services—can promote development that meets human needs today—and tomorrow.


Policy Brief: The Population-Climate Connection: Why Family Planning is a Win-Win for Women and the Planet

December 1, 2011

Family planning empowers women, improves public health, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and builds resilience to a changing climate. The bottom line: family planning is a win-win for women and the planet.

Health Worker Migration Initiative Global Policy Advisory Council Meeting- Washington, DC November, 22 2011

November 22, 2011

The council meeting focussed on a few things, namely: The US healthcare reform and its linkage to international migration, the Health Worker Migration Inovations Award, Council Conversation Series and the Council's mandate.