To make positive social change, we have to understand the complexities of social problems.

Ballard Brief was founded on the belief that good research is an essential, yet often overlooked, part of the process of designing effective solutions to social issues. While many people care deeply about creating positive social change in the world, most do not have the time or resources to understand just how complicated social problems are.

We seek to curate useful academic research, professional experience, and other key perspectives on specific social issues and deliver that information to everyday changemakers in the form of simple, accessible, and rigorously researched briefs. Beyond exploring the contributing factors and effects of each social problem, each brief discusses important work (both good and bad) that is intended to solve those social issues.
BALLARD BRIEF
Mission Statement
To provide changemakers with useful information to better tackle persistent social problems using rigorous research and editing processes.
Our goal is to be widely recognized as the best place for beginning changemakers to learn about a wide range of social issues in a way that empowers them to jump into the fray and do something.
Based out of Brigham Young University's Ballard Center for Social Impact, Ballard Brief helps changemakers understand social issues and what is being done to solve them.
Right now, when someone is first learning about social impact topics, such as energy poverty in low-income countries, they don't have good resources to help them quickly understand the key issues and top organizations in the space.

Ballard Brief is an online repository of articles designed to best introduce people to particular topics of social impact. Each brief discusses the context of the problem and summarizes key practices and practitioners that deserve attention. Our goal is to be widely recognized as the best place to turn to learn about a wide range of social issues.
BALLARD BRIEF
Our Main Principles Are
Usefulness
Accuracy
Accessibility

BALLARD BRIEF
Editorial Team
Harper is a nursing major with minors in political science and global women’s studies. Call it motivation or indecisiveness, but she couldn’t pick just one passion to pursue for the rest of her life! Harper spent 18 months in Anaheim, California, where she became passionate about social issues. Since attending BYU, Harper has had the opportunity to research and write about social impact, public policy, and human rights as well as develop her nursing skillset. She hopes to use her skills to bridge the gap between health policy production and implementation in both the domestic and international sectors.
Harper Forsgren
Editor-in-Chief
Madison is a psychology major with minors in sociology, civic engagement leadership, and Latin American studies. She plans to obtain a graduate degree in global social work to help create, implement, and advocate for policies that will empower disadvantaged populations all over the world. She is especially passionate about refugee and immigrant issues, women's rights, voluntourism, mass incarceration, and police brutality. Researching, editing, and writing about social issues is her happy place.
Madison Coleman
Managing Editor
Cade is an undergraduate student majoring in global supply chain management and minoring in international development and Japanese. Cade has extensive experience with marketing and networking through Students Against Electronic Vaping (SAEV), a non-profit organization he founded while in high school. Cade’s passion for eradicating youth e-cigarette use motivated him to write a Ballard Brief on the subject. He’s experienced for himself how important research is in solving social problems.
Cade Hyde
Director of Operations
Jenna is studying public relations with minors in business and French. She is from Spokane, Washington and has been a senior for a year or two now. She hopes to build a career in the social impact sector—she loves learning about the world (and traveling it, though that’s more expensive), speaking foreign languages, and making friends. She’s had experience working in a couple different human resource departments and as a teaching assistant and course designer for a management communication class. She’s a big fan of pineapples, Disneyland, and soft sweaters.
Jenna Vasquez
Director of Communications
Sam is currently studying editing and publishing at BYU with a minor in digital humanities. She has a great passion for writing and learning, and has really loved researching and learning more about social issues while working with the Ballard Brief. Sam is particularly interested in women’s rights, addictions, and education. Outside of school, Sam loves reading as many books as she can, being in the mountains in the fall, and telling everyone she can about the importance of peach Cheerios.
Sam Lofgran
Content and Copy Editor
Kaytee is majoring in editing and publishing at BYU and minoring in design. She loves learning new things, and this love drove her to the world of social issues, where she enjoys writing and editing content that strives to inspire positive change for individuals and communities. Kaytee is especially enthusiastic about research on women's rights, health, and education. She spends her days reading a lot of books and watching even more TED Talks, creating playlists for every mood and occasion, and enjoying her interactions with the wonderful and inspiring people in her life.
Kaytee Johnson
Content and Copy Editor
Macy is currently studying economics and pursuing a minor in global women’s studies. She has switched her major many times, but despite her indecision, she is quite sure of her love for learning about social issues. She greatly values opportunities like the Ballard Brief program to voice concern, spread awareness, and incite change. Along with her academic pursuits, Macy has studied ballet for her whole life and enjoys participating in contemporary dance companies outside of school. Macy loves to devour books and movies, hike with her family, and roller-skate to disco.
Macy Smith
Content Editor
To make positive social change, we have to understand the complexities of social problems.

Ballard Brief was founded on the belief that good research is an essential, yet often overlooked, part of the process of designing effective solutions to social issues. While many people care deeply about creating positive social change in the world, most do not have the time or resources to understand just how complicated social problems are.

We seek to curate useful academic research, professional experience, and other key perspectives on specific social issues and deliver that information to everyday changemakers in the form of simple, accessible, and rigorously researched briefs. Beyond exploring the contributing factors and effects of each social problem, each brief discusses important work (both good and bad) that is intended to solve those social issues.
BALLARD BRIEF
Mission Statement
To provide changemakers with useful information to better tackle persistent social problems using rigorous research and editing processes.
Our goal is to be widely recognized as the best place for beginning changemakers to learn about a wide range of social issues in a way that empowers them to jump into the fray and do something.
Based out of Brigham Young University's Ballard Center for Social Impact, Ballard Brief helps changemakers understand social issues and what is being done to solve them.
Right now, when someone is first learning about social impact topics, such as energy poverty in low-income countries, they don't have good resources to help them quickly understand the key issues and top organizations in the space.

Ballard Brief is an online repository of articles designed to best introduce people to particular topics of social impact. Each brief discusses the context of the problem and summarizes key practices and practitioners that deserve attention. Our goal is to be widely recognized as the best place to turn to learn about a wide range of social issues.
BALLARD BRIEF
Our Main
Principles Are
Usefulness
Accuracy
Accessibility

BALLARD BRIEF
Editorial Team
Harper Forsgren
Editor-in-Chief

Harper is a nursing major with minors in political science and global women’s studies. Call it motivation or indecisiveness, but she couldn’t pick just one passion to pursue for the rest of her life! Harper spent 18 months in Anaheim, California, where she became passionate about social issues. Since attending BYU, Harper has had the opportunity to research and write about social impact, public policy, and human rights as well as develop her nursing skillset. She hopes to use her skills to bridge the gap between health policy production and implementation in both the domestic and international sectors.
Madison Coleman
Managing Editor

Madison is a psychology major with minors in sociology, civic engagement leadership, and Latin American studies. She plans to obtain a graduate degree in global social work to help create, implement, and advocate for policies that will empower disadvantaged populations all over the world. She is especially passionate about refugee and immigrant issues, women's rights, voluntourism, mass incarceration, and police brutality. Researching, editing, and writing about social issues is her happy place.
Cade Hyde
Director of Operations

Cade is an undergraduate student majoring in global supply chain management and minoring in international development and Japanese. Cade has extensive experience with marketing and networking through Students Against Electronic Vaping (SAEV), a non-profit organization he founded while in high school. Cade’s passion for eradicating youth e-cigarette use motivated him to write a Ballard Brief on the subject. He’s experienced for himself how important research is in solving social problems.
Jenna Vasquez
Director of Communications

Jenna is studying public relations with minors in business and French. She is from Spokane, Washington and has been a senior for a year or two now. She hopes to build a career in the social impact sector—she loves learning about the world (and traveling it, though that’s more expensive), speaking foreign languages, and making friends. She’s had experience working in a couple different human resource departments and as a teaching assistant and course designer for a management communication class. She’s a big fan of pineapples, Disneyland, and soft sweaters.
Sam Lofgran
Content and Copy Editor

Sam is currently studying editing and publishing at BYU with a minor in digital humanities. She has a great passion for writing and learning, and has really loved researching and learning more about social issues while working with the Ballard Brief. Sam is particularly interested in women’s rights, addictions, and education. Outside of school, Sam loves reading as many books as she can, being in the mountains in the fall, and telling everyone she can about the importance of peach Cheerios.
Kaytee Johnson
Content and Copy Editor

Kaytee is majoring in editing and publishing at BYU and minoring in design. She loves learning new things, and this love drove her to the world of social issues, where she enjoys writing and editing content that strives to inspire positive change for individuals and communities. Kaytee is especially enthusiastic about research on women's rights, health, and education. She spends her days reading a lot of books and watching even more TED Talks, creating playlists for every mood and occasion, and enjoying her interactions with the wonderful and inspiring people in her life.
Macy Smith
Content Editor

Macy is currently studying economics and pursuing a minor in global women’s studies. She has switched her major many times, but despite her indecision, she is quite sure of her love for learning about social issues. She greatly values opportunities like the Ballard Brief program to voice concern, spread awareness, and incite change. Along with her academic pursuits, Macy has studied ballet for her whole life and enjoys participating in contemporary dance companies outside of school. Macy loves to devour books and movies, hike with her family, and roller-skate to disco.
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