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IssueLab: Free Research from the Nonprofit World

I wrote in this space last week about the Harvard Graduate School of Education's decision to make the research that its faculty members produce openly available to the public.

Well, here's another resource that you can credit to the growing "open access" movement. It's a Web site called IssueLab. Based in Chicago, IssueLab offers an open repository for social science research produced by foundations, charitable groups, and other nonprofits.

Here's what it accepts: policy analysis reports, white papers, case studies, data sets, fact sheets, and legislative testimony. Here's what it doesn't: newspaper articles, editorials, and organization brochures.

The site this week features a collection of evaluations and case studies for arts education programs. Thanks to Claire Reeder, an editorial intern at IssueLab, for cluing me in to the site.

And happy July 4th, too!

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