The reports below unpack some of our thinking on issues critical to our mission.
Stimulating Excellence: Unleashing the Power of Innovation in Education, 2009
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This study, co-sponsored by New Profit, the Center for American Progress, and the American Enterprise Institute, examines how current state and federal regulations and policies have stymied the efforts of education entrepreneurs, and explores what changes should be made to support their work to encourage the growth and expansion of innovations in education that pay off for students. Key recommendations include using dramatically better information to create a performance culture, opening the public K-12 system to a diverse set of providers, making districts and other buyers into real "customers," and using public policy to encourage financing for entrepreneurial ventures.America Forward: Invent, Invest, Involve, 2007
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is a briefing book intended for policymakers and innovators across sectors who have high aspirations for our country, and who are committed to creating social change. Encapsulating the case for social entrepreneurs as an essential resource for solving our nation's most pressing social problems at the local, state, and national levels, this book proposes a variety of public policies and principles that, if implemented, would help high-performing nonprofit organizations access human and financial capital, and surmount barriers to change. Citizen Schools' Growth with High-Engagement Funders, 2004
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This study tells the story of how a partnership with two high-engagement funders-New Profit and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation-helped the leaders of Citizen Schools grow the organization and increase its social impact. Key themes include the benefits of scale, types of expansion, co-investment by funders, and the utility of management tools such as the Balanced Scorecard in supporting growth.