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Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy;
For more than a decade, states and cities across the country have served a leadership role in advancing science-informed climate policy through city, state and multi-state efforts. The rapid pace by which state climate policy is emerging is evidenced by the number of new laws, directives and policies adopted in 2018 and the first half of 2019 alone. Currently, there is an active ongoing dialogue across the U.S. regarding the intersection of climate and equity objectives with efforts targeted at addressing needs of disadvantaged communities and consumers. This climate/equity intersection is due to several factors, including recognition by many cities and states that climate change is and will continue to have a disproportionate impact on certain populations and will exacerbate existing stressors faced by disadvantaged communities and consumers. Research indicates that a greater proportion of environmental burden exists in geographic areas with majority populations of people of color, low-income residents, and/or indigenous people. It is well known that certain households (including some that are low-income, African American, Latino, multi-family and rural) spend a larger portion on their income on home energy costs. States and stakeholders are realizing that a transition to a low-carbon future by mid-century will require significantly increased participation of disadvantaged communities and households in the benefits of climate and clean energy programs.
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commision;
This report assesses trends in auto vehicle trips and transit passenger trips crossing selected screenlines, and cordon linesin the Delaware Valley region. Data collected in 2015 is compared to the years 2000, 2005, and 2010.
Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School;
This study by John MacDonald and Ellen Donnelly, conducted at the request of the Delaware Access to Justice Commission's Committee on Fairness in the Criminal Justice System, involved a statistical review of all adults arrested and charged with a criminal offense in Delaware between 2012 and 2014 to determine the extent to which race is a factor in explaining the likelihood or length of any subsequent incarceration sentence. While the authors caution that the study does not identify exact causes for any observed disparities, factors such as the offense charged at arrest, pretrial detention and contextual factors such as criminal history appear to be important contributors to Black/White differences in incarceration.
As the Greater Philadelphia region's metropolitan planning organization (MPO), DVRPC provides technical assistance and services to its member state, county, and local governments; the private sector; and the public. Delaware Valley Data is our periodic series of free data bulletins, data snapshots, and analytical reports. Regional Data Bulletin #098 presents residential building permit data for 2010 through 2015 in the extended 28-county data services area. Residential construction activity data is derived from current reports and publications compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau's Residential Construction Statistics Division. Municipalities provide the Census Bureau with tabulations of the number of housing units authorized, according to types of structures. In the few cases where municipalities reported building permit activity for some months but not for all 12 months, the Census Bureau estimates the total yearly number of building permits based on past building permit activity.
Annie E. Casey Foundation;
In 2011, Delaware's child welfare system wasn't just in trouble -- it was in crisis, with too many teens entering out-of-home care and later exiting foster care disconnected from family. To fix this broken system, the state launched a sweeping, data-driven reform effort called Outcomes Matter. The initiative boosted morale among caseworkers and gave kids and families a critical voice in the decision-making process. But the best part? The effort helped improve the well-being of Delaware's children and families.
Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED);
The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard is a comprehensive look at Americans' financial security today and their opportunities to create a more prosperous future. It assesses the 50 states and the District of Columbia on 130 outcome and policy measures, which describe how well residents are faring and what states are doing to help them build and protect assets. The Scorecard enables states to benchmark their outcomes and policies against other states in five issue areas: Financial Assets & Income, Businesses & Jobs, Housing & Homeownership, Health Care, and Education.
University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute;
Why is there so much difference in the health of residents in one county compared to other counties in the same state? In this report, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program explores how wide gaps are throughout Delaware and what is driving those differences. This information can help Delaware state leaders as they identify ways for everyone to have a fair chance to lead the healthiest life possible. Specifically, this document can help state leaders understand: 1. What health gaps are and why they matter 2. The size and nature of the health gaps among counties within Delaware 3. What factors are influencing the health of residents, and 4. What state and local communities can do to address health gaps.
Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School;
This memorandum summarizes existing scholarly research on police stops; pretrial detention; charging, plea bargaining, and sentencing; and alternatives to incarceration. For each topic, the memo surveys the extent to which each of these contributes to racial disparities as well as inaccuracies in criminal justice; identifies reforms that have worked elsewhere to ameliorate these problems; and considers the extent to which these reforms are compatible with preserving and improving public safety. The memorandum concludes with a brief discussion of recent scholarship that both highlights larger social factors that contribute to disparity and identifies programs and initiatives outside of the criminal justice system that might reduce racial disparities within the system.
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs;
This issue brief is part of a national project, Advancing Collective Impact for Improved Health Outcomes, funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to strengthen the capacity of state Title V maternal and child health (MCH) programs and their partners to improve birth outcomes through health reform. AMCHP is working with state Title V MCH programs and their partners in state Medicaid agencies, organizations such as the March of Dimes and community groups to: 1) examine and explore opportunities to improve birth outcomes, particularly improved access to preconception health care, through changes to the health care delivery system, 2) strengthen partnerships between state Title V MCH programs and other key stakeholders such as state Medicaid agencies, providers, community health centers, and local health departments, and 3) identify specific strategies for financing preconception health, particularly for Medicaid-supported births. This issue brief explores how states can capitalize on the opportunities presented by health reform to improve birth outcomes, particularly through preconception health. It highlights state Title V MCH programs, particularly programs in the three states (Michigan, Oklahoma and Oregon) that participated in an action learning collaborative and are working to strengthen partnerships to implement preconception health activities, enhance preventive care for women, explore financing options for preconception care services, and use data to inform policy and program development.Delaware and Colorado also are featured as states that are working toward improved access to preconception care. The benefits of preconception health and health care are well documented for improving maternal and infant health outcomes. Many states and communities readily acknowledge the importance of preconception health and health care and are leading efforts to develop new ways of improving access to preconception care, financing of preconception care services, and using data to inform policy and program development. The ACA provides states and communities with new opportunities to develop and improve preconception health and ultimately improve birth outcomes.
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching;
According to this issue brief, to improve the feedback new teachers receive districts must rethink feedback as a complex system of many parts, rather than simply a series of isolated conversations between principals and teachers. This paper is designed to guide districts through this process, helping them recognize the interconnected factors at the district, school, and classroom level that shape the nature of feedback.
New Teacher Center;
New Teacher Center worked collaboratively with nine state coalitions - including governors, state education agencies, teacher associations, stakeholder groups and practitioners - to implement the Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) survey statewide in nine states from the spring of 2012 to the spring of 2103. The TELL survey is a full-population survey of school-based licensed educators designed to report the perceptions about the presence of teaching and learning conditions that research has shown increase student learning and teacher retention.
The conditions assessed in the TELL survey include:
Facilities and Resources
Instructional Practices and Support
Managing Student Conduct
Community Support and Involvement
New Teacher Support (for teachers in their first three years in the profession)
This report compares the results of the TELL survey at the state level across the country, providing an additional contextual lens for interpreting the results from each participating state to better understand their own findings.