Sawhill: Big-Impact Research, Data Access Needed to Help Working Class

Courtesy of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Isabel Sawhill thinks too many researchers are more interested in publishing papers than making sure their work has major impact. “An awful lot of researchers are not asking the right questions,” says Sawhill, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. “We need to push scholars to do more research on big questions.”

Illinois Approves Child Development Accounts for All Newborns

Illinois state capitol, Springfield, Illinois

Illinois became the most recent state in the U.S. to adopt universal Child Development Accounts on August 23, when Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation to open a 529 college savings plan account with deposits for every child born or adopted in Illinois after Dec. 31, 2020.

Deferred Prosecution Programs: An Implementation Guide

Pettus‐Davis, C., Epperson, M., Grier, A., Kraatz, M., Sawh, L., & Kennedy, S. (2018, October). Deferred prosecution programs: An implementation guide [Report]. Tallahassee, FL: Florida State University College of Social Work, Institute for Justice Research and Development, Washington University Center for Social Development, and University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

Guideposts for the Era of Smart Decarceration

Pettus-Davis, C., Epperson, M., & Grier, A. (2017, February). Guideposts for the era of smart decarceration [Report]. Tallahassee, FL: Florida State University College of Social Work, Institute for Justice Research and Development, Washington University Center for Social Development, and University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

Closing the Racial Wealth Gap: Innovative Solutions for Change

Southern Regional Asset Building Coalition. (2015). Closing the racial wealth gap: Innovative solutions for change (2014 Southern Regional Asset Building Coalition Conference Report). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.

Building a Lifetime of Economic Security: Mobilizing for Change

Center for Social Development. (2014). Building a lifetime of economic security: Mobilizing for change (2013 Southern Regional Asset Building Coalition Conference Report). St. Louis: Washington University, Center for Social Development.

Closing the Wealth Gap: Promoting Change by Working Together

Heffern, J., & Riley, A. (2011). Closing the wealth gap: Promoting change by working together (Southern Regional Asset Building Coalition Report). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.

Saving for College: A Policy Primer

Clancy, M., Lassar, T., & Taake, K. (2010, September). Saving for college: A policy primer (CSD Policy Brief No. 10-27). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.

The Basics of Progressive 529s

Boshara, R., Clancy, M., Newville, D., & Sherraden, M. (2009). The basics of progressive 529s. St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development, and New America Foundation.

Asset Building in the South: Organizations and Services

Gunn, G., Heffern, J., & Edwards, K. (2010). Asset building in the South: Organizations and services (CSD Report No. 10-10). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.

Low-Cost State Innovations to Help Families Save for College

Huelsman, M., & Clancy, M. (2009, November). Low-cost state innovations to help families save for college (CSD Policy Brief No. 9-64). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development, and New America Foundation.

The Southern Regional Asset Building Coalition Survey

Gunn, G., & Heffern, J. (2009, October). The Southern Regional Asset Building Coalition Survey (CSD Research Brief No. 09-58). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.

State 529 Matching Grant Program Summary

Clancy, M., Mason, L. R., & Lo, S. (2008). State 529 matching grant program summary (CSD Perspectice No. 08-39). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.