ENGAGING IDEAS - 01/26/2018

Every week we curate stories and reports on complex issues. This week: A California city that is giving $500 to some of its low-income residents. State spending on higher education is up, but how good is it? Public trust in the media is at an all-time low. Patients want healthcare cost information, but price lists alone aren’t turning them into smart shoppers. A new way of engaging the public in Boulder.


American Views: Trust, Media, and Democracy (Knight Foundation)
Not only is more information readily available, but so is more misinformation, and many consumers may not be able to easily discern the difference between the two.

Politics Is More Partisan Now, But It’s Not More Divisive (fivethirtyeight)
Here’s the thing: By some measures, the United States is more partisan than ever, but that more peaceful and unified past, that golden age of unity, was … pretty much never.


This city will give poorest $500 a month, no strings attached (MSN)
Starting this year, an experimental program called the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED) will pay $500 a month to a few hundred of the city’s low-income residents, no strings attached.


City of Oshkosh launches new online public engagement tool (Oshkosh Northwestern)
Locals now have the chance to give city leaders their input and opinions on issues facing the community through a new online tool.

Boulder plans 9 new events in effort to diversify public engagement by City Council (Daily Camera)
The Boulder City Council will experiment with a series of events in the coming year called "Chats with Council," which will be organized as open-ended conversations with city leaders outside of the typical modes of citizen engagement.


As Indianapolis moves to give principals more freedom, tough choices are on the horizon (Chalkbeat)
Indianapolis’ largest district is pursuing a new vision for education that aims to shift power from the central office to building principals. But as leaders move forward with their plan, they are facing a host of questions over how — and when — to cede control.

Teacher Ed. Group Calls for More High-Quality Student Teaching (Education Week)
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education's Clinical Practice Commission released a report today with 10 proclamations on how to better incorporate evidence-based clinical practice in teacher preparation programs.

Higher Ed/Workforce

State Spending on Higher Education Has Inched Upward. But Most Public Colleges Can’t Celebrate. (Chronicle of Higher Education)
State appropriations for higher education increased nominally over the last year, according to an annual survey. But the small rise and wide variations across the nation underscore why many public colleges still have reason to fret about their states’ economies.

Dividing Lines Take Shape in Senate (Inside Higher Ed)
As key committee strives for consensus on Higher Education Act, Republicans push for innovation and Democrats focus on protecting students from low-quality programs.

Health Care

Transparency & Tradeoffs: Clinicians Can Help Patients Be Better Healthcare Consumers (Cardiovascular Business)
Patients want healthcare cost information, but price lists alone aren’t turning them into savvy shoppers.

Changes in Health Care Use Associated with the Introduction of Hospital Global Budgets in Maryland (The Commonwealth Fund)
After reviewing the program’s first two years, Commonwealth Fund–supported researchers did not find that use of hospital or primary care services changed. The authors conclude that aligning the financial incentives of hospitals with physicians — who were excluded from the global budget model — may be needed to produce the desired results.


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