News

July 2015

July 27th 2015
The Guardian highlights Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s announcement of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, a partnership between major US-based companies to engage with 5.5 million disconnected American youth through training and employment, motivated by findings from Measure of America’s report Zeroing In on Place and Race
July 22nd 2015
In a piece for the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Measure of America codirectors Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis discuss findings from their report Zeroing In on Place and Race: Youth Disconnection in America’s Cities and suggest cost-effective instruments for reconnecting young people who are neither working nor in school as well as long-term preventative solutions →
July 20th 2015
As reported by the Merced Sun-Star, findings in Measure of America’s human development report A Portrait of California 2014–2015 helped the Los Banos Salvation Army Corps secure a $20,000 grant to assist high school dropouts with GED certification →
July 15th 2015
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and his wife Sheri cite research from Measure of America’s recent report Zeroing In on Place and Race: Youth Disconnection in America’s Cities in a New York Times opinion piece announcing their $30 million initiative to help young people enter and advance in the workforce →
July 13th 2015
Measure of America codirectors Kristen Lewis and Sarah Burd-Sharps demonstrate how the American Human Development Index offers a more complete picture of progress than economic indicators like GDP in a policy piece for Boston's NPR news station: "Two Americas: A Better Way to Measure How We Are Really Doing" →
July 6th 2015
“Mapping Where America Is Failing Its Youth”: at the Atlantic’s CityLab, Richard Florida and Aarian Marshall highlight findings from Measure of America’s report Zeroing In on Place and Race
July 1st 2015
Mic looks at controversy surrounding the Confederate battle flag in Mississippi, citing data from Measure of America’s human development report A Portrait of Mississippi that highlights economic disparities along racial lines in that state →

June 2015

June 23rd 2015
In Sunday’s New York Times, the paper’s editorial board spotlights outcomes from Measure of America’s report Zeroing In on Place and Race, which finds that more youth are disconnected from school and work than before the recession, and calls for action to reduce racial segregation and increase public investment in elementary and secondary education →
June 17th 2015
“How America’s Cities ‘Disconnect’ Youth”: drawing on Measure of America’s latest report, Zeroing In on Place and Race, an Atlantic article highlights the role of racial and socioeconomic segregation in life outcomes where youth are neither working nor in school →
June 10th 2015
Out today from Measure of America: Zeroing In on Place and Race, a new look at how disconnected youth—neither working nor in school—are faring in America’s cities →

May 2015

May 19th 2015
A CNN Money report highlights findings from Measure of America's Geographies of Opportunity: Ranking Well-Being by Congressional District
May 14th 2015
In a new SSRC Working Paper, Measure of America chief statistician Patrick Guyer provides an overview of the human development concept and uses case studies in Sonoma County, California, and Maricopa County, Arizona, to demonstrate how its application in MOA research drives public policy change at the local level →
May 7th 2015
Measure of America codirector Sarah Burd-Sharps appeared on the Wall Street Journal talk show MoneyBeat to discuss findings from the program's Geographies of Opportunity report [video available] →
May 1st 2015
Measure of America codirector Kristen Lewis discussed findings from Geographies of Opportunity, which looks at well-being in the United States by congressional district, with David Brancaccio on American Public Media’s Marketplace [audio available] →

April 2015

April 23rd 2015
In an article at the Atlantic’s CityLab, urban studies theorist Richard Florida showcases Measure of America’s American Human Development Index, as applied in their latest report, Geographies of Opportunity: Ranking Well-Being by Congressional District
April 22nd 2015
Geographies of Opportunity, a new report from Measure of America, analyzes health, access to knowledge, and living standards in the United States by congressional district [PDF available] →
April 17th 2015
In “What If Education Reform Got It All Wrong in the First Place?,” Pacific Standard cites findings from Measure of America’s A Portrait of California 2014–2015 that highlight vast educational inequalities within the state →
April 8th 2015
“Why Health Data Matters: A User’s Perspective”: program assistant Alex Powers discusses Measure of America’s work in a blog post at HealthData.gov →
April 6th 2015
Next Monday, April 13, in Sacramento, CA: Measure of America codirectors Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis will be briefing the California State Legislature and interested parties regarding findings of A Portrait of California 2014–2015 [open to the public] →
April 2nd 2015
Measure of America’s benchmarking research on disconnected youth is cited in a National Journal story of one young man’s experience with the District of Columbia ReEngagement Center →