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What's got MDC buzzing?

What's got MDC buzzing?

We’re calling this one “The Interactive Edition”:

  • The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) has new data on 12 state policies that expand financial security and opportunity for families. The featured policies include lifting asset limits in public benefit programs, creating financial protection from predatory lenders, and taking advantage of tax credits for working families. The report is accompanied by an interactive map that highlights the state-by-state policy changes. 
  • The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education has a new interactive Employability Skills Framework. Users can compare training models, create a customized assessment comparison worksheet, and view examples of employability skills. The Framework has considerable overlap with the Common Core State Standards and Common Career Technical Core. This tool reinforces—and provides a resource for exploring—the importance of making explicit connections between discipline- or industry-specific education and workforce readiness.
  • Spotlight On Poverty and Opportunity announced two new websites to support research on equity issues. The "What Works" Research page is a compilation of compilations with links to online “best practice” research collections from a variety of organizations covering a range of subject areas (from juvenile justice to health care to homelessness). The Opportunity Indicators and Measurements page lists interactive calculators, indices, and scorecards that organizations and communities can use to assess multiple measures of economic security at with local, regional, and national date.
  • And because it’s Friday and because we love infographics, we suggest you check out this spot from The Colbert Report on USA Today’s new interactive logo. It’s a good reminder that storytelling is important, that you can use data to tell a story, and that you’d better be sure that the visual component actually enhances your story.