This page lists a selection of research and other informational reports prepared by groups other than SEI that we’ve found to be especially useful for some of our clients. Please email us at info@socialent.com if you have suggestions about other reports we should highlight!

HILDREN AND YOUTH

Connected by 25: Improving the Life Chances of the Country’s Most Vulnerable 14-24 Year Olds
Michael Wald and Tia Martinez of Stanford University presented seminal research in 2003 about the critical factors in supporting youth and young adults in achieving life success. Reports on Connecting Youth through Multiple Pathways are  available at http://www.ytfg.org/?s=Tia+Martinez.

EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION

RAND Corporation California Preschool Study
A series of reports  presenting the first comprehensive statewide look at early care and education for preschool-age children in California.
http://www.earlyedgecalifornia.org/

RAND Corporation California Preschool Study 
A report with policy recommendations for how California can enhance early learning opportunities even amidst the state’s budget crisis.
http://www.earlyedgecalifornia.org/

HEALTH

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Reform Site
The foundation is continually updating research on access to health care, federal health care reform proposals and related topics. Their site has a multitude of useful resources and current research on the topic.
http://healthreform.kff.org/

FAMILY FUNCTIONING AND ECONOMICS

Making Ends Meet: How Much Does It Cost to Raise a Family in California?
Although researchers and policymakers typically use the federal poverty line as the benchmark to judge economic well-being, this report makes a compelling case that the poverty line is an obsolete measure that fails to take into account the reality of modern families. A new model is presented that shows that most families require income of 200% of the federal poverty level or more in order to meet their basic needs.
http://calbudgetcenter.org/

Pathways out of Poverty for Vulnerable Californians: Policies that Prepare the Workforce for Middle-Skill Infrastructure Jobs
A new report issued by PolicyLink identifies middle-skilled, high-paying jobs across the State of California that can provide a stepping stone to the middle class for low-income workers. These state infrastructure jobs require more than a high school diploma, but less than a bachelor’s degree. The report highlights innovative training programs that are succeeding in linking low-income young people and displaced workers to these jobs, and how innovative community college programs are making a difference in training tomorrow’s workforce.
http://www.policylink.org

PARKS AND RECREATION

Trust for Public Land: The Benefits of Parks
This  white paper makes the case for why America needs more city parks and open space.
http://www.tpl.org/

MANAGEMENT AND FUNDRAISING

Powering Social Change
This website gathers current information about social enterprises in the United States, including key fact and figures, articles and publications, and resources and toolkits.
http://community-wealth.org