Aspen Institute Publications
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"The U.S. continues to make remarkable advances in medical science and technology. However, financial incentives within the health care delivery system can hinder consistent, affordable patient access to these advances,” said Sam Nussbaum, M.D., WellPoint's Chief Medical Officer. “WellPoint is pleased to collaborate with the Aspen Health Innovation Project to address critical barriers to innovation in care delivery. We believe the report issued today will serve as an important roadmap to advance novel approaches such as incenting providers for innovative payment models based on quality and outcomes and for health IT implementation.”
This book is a collection of papers commissioned for the 2011 Aspen Strategy Group summer workshop, a bipartisan meeting of top national security experts. The papers examine the complexities of the emerging cyber threat, as well as the possibilities - and inherent challenges - of crafting effective domestic and international cyber policy. Authors explore topics such as the economic impact of cybercrime, cyber as a new dimension of warfare, the revolutionary potential of Internet freedom, and the future realities the United States will face in the new age of heightened Internet connectivity. Compiled and edited by Director Nicholas Burns and Deputy Director Jonathon Price, this paperback book is available through the Aspen Institute bookstore and Brookings Press.
In February 2012, external evaluators EnCompass LLC released its final evaluation of the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health (MLI). This evaluation aimed to document and inform the development of the MLI approach and to assess the outcomes of that approach. The final report summarizes the evolution of MLI; explores the roles and efficacy of each enabling strategy; and summarizes the extensive findings of the project in each country and globally, as well as lessons and feedback from MLI participants. This is the executive summary; to request the full text, contact info.GHD@aspeninstitute.org.
Building Americans' household balance sheets should start with making savings and asset-building incentives more efficient and equitable. Although millions of working Americans currently receive little or no tax incentive to save, modest reforms to our tax code have the potential to dramatically improve their financial futures. The Aspen Institute on Financial Security (Aspen IFS) proposes the Freedom Savings Credit to create a more equitable and economically efficient savings system that will benefit millions of American households and the nation as a whole. The Freedom Savings Credit, deposited directly into qualified savings accounts, would provide each qualified saver with a $1 refundable tax credit for every $2 saved, giving a taxpayer the opportunity to receive up to $500 annually as a single filer or $1,000 as a married couple filing jointly. Enacting the Freedom Savings Credit would transform savings opportunities and outcomes for millions of Americans, helping to build household financial security and grow our nation's economy.
The United States in 2012 is at a crossroads about ways to ensure that all its people fuel progress in the 21st century. By creating partnerships across programs, policies, and systems that are now focused separately on children and parents, we can create an America in which a legacy of economic security and educational success passes from one generation to the next. We believe this vision shows a way forward. This report offers a framework for the ways in which new two-generation strategies can help parents, especially women, and children achieve their dreams together.
Filling in the Gaps: Critical Linkages in Promoting Africa Food Security An Atlantic Basin Perspective
The challenge of global food security particularly in the Atlantic Basing will require critical linkages that are highlighted in this publication.
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; former Deputy Director of FBI's National Security Branch and Deputy Director of CIA's Counterterrorist Center Philip Mudd; and former Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism Juan Zarate.
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
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 implementing these policies, moving quickly from design to pilot to full-scale implementation.
This guide is designed to help school systems and states design evaluation systems that support teacher growth and development. This focus is critically important because early work in leading districts suggests that the overwhelming majority of teachers fall in the middle range of the performance continuum. For these teachers, supporting improvement is critical.
Means to an End is a practical toolkit for structuring the design process, elevating important issues, and identifying tensions and trade-offs that need to be resolved. The guide was conceived at a 2011 Aspen Institute workshop that brought together leading educators, researchers, and policymakers to share strategies for designing and implementing new teacher evaluations. Examples from districts and charter networks at the vanguard of this new work are included throughout the guide.