Mission of the Institute
Universities conduct a great deal of research that seeks to both advance our knowledge and to enable us to make a positive difference in our world. Too often, however, this knowledge remains in the academy and does not find its way into the hands of those who could use it to improve public policies and programs and the lives of people they affect.
The mission of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise is to improve the effectiveness of government and other institutions in addressing social concerns through the successful mobilization of use-inspired research. Learn more about use-inspired research.
New Report on Refugees in Worcester
Worcester, Massachusetts serves as the entry point to America for more refugees than any other municipality in Massachusetts, with more than 2,000 refugees settling there between 2007 and 2012. However, there has been a lack of information about how the livelihoods and experiences of refugees differ from those of the foreign-born population. This report uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Population, Refugee, and Migration to present a snapshot of the social, educational, and economic status of refugees in Worcester and identifies several areas for future data and research needs relating to refugee resettlement both in Worcester and elsewhere. Findings include a higher rate of employment among the foreign-born community than the native counterpart, and rates of English competency below the state average for immigrants in Worcester.
Clark University's Mosakowski Institute's Massachusetts Family Impact Seminars
Presented Our Sixth Annual Seminar
Mission Critical: Reforming Foster Care and Child Protective Services in Massachusetts
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Boston State House
New Report on Redistricting
Associate Professor of Political Science Rob Boatright and Mosakowski Institute Director Jim Gomes have just released Every Picture Tells a Story: The 2010 Round of Congressional Redistricting in New England, a collection of five papers on the region's recent experience with the decennial rite of redrawing the boundaries of U.S. House of Representatives districts. (Why only five papers, since there are six New England states? Because Vermont's population is small enough that it has only one Representative in Congress and thus does not need to re-draw district lines.) Two of the papers (on Massachusetts and Rhode Island) are co-authored by Clark faculty and students. This project grew out of the 2012 New England Political Science Association panel on "Redistricting in New England" that Boatright and Gomes co-chaired and their nationally recognized 2011 tea.m.-taught "Geography of Politics" course.
The Working Cities Challenge
The Mosakowski Institute is working with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston on its initiative to advance collaborative leadership in Massachusetts smaller cities and to support a.m.bitious work to improve the lives of low-income people in those cities.
The Institute recently prepared "data dashboards" for twenty Massachusetts cities, compiling information about such subjects as demographics, income, employment, educational attainment, and health.
The second year class of our Marsh-Mosakowski Fellows is completing their summer placements at NOAA facilities around the country. Undergraduates selected for this progra.m. receive a summer stipend for their work under the supervision of marine science and policy experts at NOAA facilities from Puget Sound to the coast of Maine. Learn more
Understanding Chronic Disease in Nicaragua.
The Institute has invested in IDCE Professor Barbara Goldoftas' work on poverty, diet, medical care, and population health. Barbara has made two research trips to Nicaragua in an attempt to understand that impoverished country's very high rate of Type II Diabetes. Her goal is to find ways to improve the health of people suffering from chronic disease both in the developing world and here in the United States.
Improving Math and Science Education
STEM Education—science, technology, engineering, and math—seems to be on everyone's mind these days. Clark Education Department Chair Sarah Michaels is leading a Mosakowski-supported project to improve the training and professional develop.m.ent of those who teach these subjects at the K-12 levels. Sarah's work has also received support from a National Science Foundation RAPID grant. Learn More