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 every-day changemakers in the form of simple, accessible, and rigorously researched briefings. Beyond exploring the contributing factors and effects of each social problem, each briefing 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, Ballard Brief helps changemakers understand social issues and what is being done to solve them.
Right now, when someone is first learning about a 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. The Ballard Brief is an online repository of articles designed to best introduce people to particular topics of social impact. Each briefing 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 for learning about a wide range of social issues.
BALLARD BRIEF
Our Main Principles Are
Usefulness
Accuracy
Accessibility

BALLARD BRIEF
Editorial Team
Shelby Hunt bio
Shelby Hunt
Editor-in-Chief
Harper Forsgren Bio
Harper Forsgren
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
Campus Relations Specialist
Asia is majoring in Public Health at BYU. She has been passionate about solving social problems since she was very young. Growing up in Cairo, Egypt, she noticed the great social disparities and wanted to do something to help. She hopes to pursue a career in public health law.
Asia Whoolery
Campus Relations Specialist
Bailey Hill bio
Bailey Hill
Content 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.
Sam Lofgran
Content Editor
Josh Tillman bio
Josh Tillman
Content Editor
Jess is studying English in BYU's College of Humanities with minors in Creative Writing and Communications. Ballard Brief combines two of her passions: writing and social innovation. She first became interest in social innovation following a volunteer mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, as well as an on-campus internship partnering with Ashoka's Youth Venture. Her areas of emphasis include sex trafficking, neighborhood violence, and marital abuse in the United States.
Jess Fluegel
Copy 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 every-day changemakers in the form of simple, accessible, and rigorously researched briefings. Beyond exploring the contributing factors and effects of each social problem, each briefing 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, Ballard Brief helps changemakers understand social issues and what is being done to solve them.
Right now, when someone is first learning about a 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. The Ballard Brief is an online repository of articles designed to best introduce people to particular topics of social impact. Each briefing 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 for learning about a wide range of social issues.
BALLARD BRIEF
Our Main
Principles Are
Usefulness
Accuracy
Accessibility

BALLARD BRIEF
Editorial Team
Shelby Hunt
Editor-in-Chief

Shelby Hunt bio
Harper Forsgren
Managing Editor

Harper Forsgren Bio
Cade Hyde
Campus Relations Specialist

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.
Asia Whoolery
Campus Relations Specialist

Asia is majoring in Public Health at BYU. She has been passionate about solving social problems since she was very young. Growing up in Cairo, Egypt, she noticed the great social disparities and wanted to do something to help. She hopes to pursue a career in public health law.
Bailey Hill
Content Editor

Bailey Hill bio
Sam Lofgran
Content 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.
Josh Tillman
Content Editor

Josh Tillman bio
Jess Fluegel
Copy Editor

Jess is studying English in BYU's College of Humanities with minors in Creative Writing and Communications. Ballard Brief combines two of her passions: writing and social innovation. She first became interest in social innovation following a volunteer mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, as well as an on-campus internship partnering with Ashoka's Youth Venture. Her areas of emphasis include sex trafficking, neighborhood violence, and marital abuse in the United States.
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