Aspen Institute Publications

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Increase your Client Outcomes IQ

Tamra Thetford and Joyce Klein
March 1, 2014

Do you want or need data on microenterprise client outcomes? This guide provides detailed guidance on how to use microTracker’s online Client Outcomes data to answer frequently asked questions such as: Do businesses assisted by microenterprise organizations grow, survive, and create jobs? Are business owners better off? The guide is designed as a useful tool for microenterprise practitioners who want to...

From Digital to Physical Play: Can Tech Make It Happen?

February 26, 2014

Physical inactivity and childhood obesity are major problems in California where, according to the California Department of e ducation, an estimated 40 percent of high school freshmen are overweight. These are also national problems. Participation rates in sports—the most attractive form of physical activity for many—are declining, with a leading national survey reporting that only 50 percent of...

Funding for youth sport: Learning from the past and aligning resources for the future

February 26, 2014

The importance of physical activity for children in the U.S. cannot be overstated, particularly considering the substantial increase in the prevalence of childhood obesity over the past few decades1. For many youth, activity often comes in the form of unstructured free play or organized school and community sports. City and non-profit sports leagues are often underfunded and understaffed, which often...

Alarms Unheeded

February 11, 2014
This report traces how the recommendations of the Hart-Rudman Commission, which eerily predicted 9/11 less than nine months beforehand, were neglected by the media and opinion-makers. To ensure that the country does not have another occasion to look back at Congressional inaction and inattention with regret, Congress should follow the Hart-Rudman and 9/11 Commission recommendations and streamline oversight...

The Future of American Defense

Editors: Nicholas Burns and Jonathon Price
February 7, 2014

With the American withdrawal from Iraq and the imminent drawdown of the majority of American and NATO ground forces from Afghanistan, the U.S. is bringing to a close the longest and most intensive period of combat in our history. Coupled with the challenges of the budget crisis and political dysfunction in Washington, D.C., this is also a time of tough and consequential choices for the defense budget....

Conservation Innovation in Context

January 27, 2014

This report from our Conservation Innovation Roundtable, convened in partnership with Chesapeake Conservancy, is part of ongoing work by the Aspen Institute’s Energy and Environment Program to explore conservation in the 21st century. As awareness of the interdependency between the natural world and human well‐being increases, traditional conceptions...

Designing for Universal Access: How to Reach All Kids?

January 15, 2014

Despite all of the energy today that goes into organized youth sports in some communities, the system misses a lot of kids. Of the 51 millio n children between the ages of 6 and 17 , only 27 million play team sport in any form (organized or casual) even one time during the course of the year, a ccording to a 2012 survey of U.S. households by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association . Less than 16...

Sport Participation Rates among Underserved American Youth

Prepared by Mike Sagas and George B. Cunningham of the University of Florida's Sport Policy & Research Collaborative
January 15, 2014

The purpose of this research brief is to review and describe the most relevant and recent data on the topic of sport participation rates among American
youth by various historically underserved populations. Specifically, data is aggregated and summarized by social class, race, gender, and disability
status. While the available data and research related to sport participation and physical activity...

Toward the Next Phase of Open Government

Panthea Lee
January 15, 2014

The 2013 FOCAS Forum convened representatives of the maker community, corporate and non-profit leaders, public officials, and citizen leaders with the goal of finding creative ways to encourage innovation and foster demand in the open governance field.  The report emanating from this Forum, “Toward the Next Phase of Open Government” written by Panthea Lee, is a series of six chapters that examines...

Innovations - Bridging the “Pioneer Gap”

Saurabh Lall, Lily Bowles, and Ross Baird
January 10, 2014

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Village Capital believes there is a pressing need for a more holistic, evidence-based approach to leveraging the potential of incubators and accelerators and to understanding what makes them successful.