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About Pew
Workers
Communities
Americans' quest for "a more perfect union" starts with safe, healthy communities.
Developing policies that are firmly grounded in facts and research is critical to building a vibrant civic life. Strong communities also require an understanding of our country’s history and immigration trends, participation in arts and culture, and concern for those who need a helping hand. These endeavors—all part of Pew’s mission—shape our national character, bring us together as a people, and help assure that our communities thrive.
Environment
Conservation
One of the great challenges of our time is saving the natural environment and the rich array of life it supports on land and in the sea.
On land, our last unspoiled places offer an opportunity to conserve wildlife habitat, shorelines, and pristine landscapes for future generations. Reforms to how our oceans are managed are essential to address overfishing, pollution, climate change, and loss of habitat. Pew’s work in the United States and abroad helps preserve wilderness, restore biodiversity, and increase understanding of ocean ecology.
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Finance & Economy
The financial well-being of American families requires both short-term financial stability and longer-term economic mobility.
To succeed financially and prepare for the future, families need a “cushion” for financial emergencies and for retirement. Pew seeks to understand and improve the economic health of families across the income spectrum and across generations, assess the impact of policies that seek to improve how much families save, and advance reforms to help consumers get the information and protections they need to safely manage their day-to-day finances.
Governing
Governing
Democracy is well-served when informed and engaged citizens are able to exercise their most important civic duties—especially voting.
The American people need to know that federal, state, and local leaders spend taxpayer dollars efficiently and wisely. Pew studies the fiscal health of states and localities, analyzing their budget discipline, the effectiveness of their programs, and whether they are achieving a strong return on investment.
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Health
From cutting-edge biomedical research to food safety, scientific advances offer great promise in treating and preventing disease.
Innovation—and the right investments—can help expand access to substance use disorder treatment, spur the development of new antibiotics, improve electronic health records, make dental care more accessible, and provide better oversight of drugs and other health care products. Drawing on research and critical analysis, Pew works to improve the public’s health and well-being.
Trends
Trends
Our fast-changing world is being driven by advancing technology; shifting demographics and domestic and global public attitudes; and the rise of the millennial generation.
Tracking these important changes—using data-based research—helps policy analysts, government officials, and the public identify and prepare for future challenges. Pew’s research into critical trends is rigorous, nonpartisan, and timely—using analytical tools such as public opinion polling, online surveys and empirical research.
How We Work
Investment philosophy
Our goal is to make a difference for the public. That means working on a few key issues, with an emphasis on projects that can produce consequential outcomes, foster new ideas, attract partners, avoid partisanship or wishful thinking, and achieve measurable results that serve the public interest. 
Approach
From basic research to technical assistance and advocacy, the foundation of our work is careful planning; a consistent focus on facts, science and data; strong partnerships; and a commitment to stewardship, innovation, and measurable results.
Lessons Learned
Whether it is changing policy and practices, tracking trends, or improving life in our home town, we seek tangible results by pursuing specific, measurable goals. That means maintaining a commitment to a rigorous, analytical, and evidence-based approach.
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