Research in Brief

Who Cares if We Violate the Geneva Convention?

A study tests whether knowledge about international law influences public opinion on torture.

Manufacturing Matters

American manufacturing is experiencing a renaissance, and strong policy support is crucial.

Learning “What Works” in Early Childhood Classrooms

Important evaluations like MDRC’s Foundations of Learning demonstration shed light on “what works” in improving early childhood programs and evaluate the benefits and costs of such initiatives.

Ignoring Successful Practices: A Case Study of Michelle Rhee and William Bratton

Under what conditions are dramatic policy reforms successful and sustainable?

Drugs, Racial Bias, and Academic Discord

Academics disagree on the existence of racial bias in policing drug crimes

To Export or Not to Export: Benefits and Consequences of Exporting US Natural Gas

Allowing exports of America's natural gas: DOE says yes, but what does research say?

School Nurses: Luxury or Necessity?

Do school-based health centers improve sexual health outcomes for teenagers?

Let’s Make a Deal: An Analytical Framework for the Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Researchers graphically illustrate why previous diplomatic efforts have failed to deter Iran’s progress toward a nuclear weapons capability.

Over-Parenting: Under the Lens

A study finds that professionals agree on a range of actions that are indicative of over-parenting.

Teach the Parent, Help the Kids

A new report demonstrates the connection between maternal and child education, finding that mothers’ literacy programs boost their children’s math scores and their own sense of empowerment.