We make research matter. We do that by combining journalism with a deep understanding of research and policy. That combination is what sets us apart. We can interpret a multiple regression analysis and tell a compelling story about why the findings matter.

Because without a story, it’s just a string of facts. And no one is motivated to act by a string of facts.

Our writers come to us with either journalism or science writing backgrounds. They’re experienced in navigating complex texts. And we have long-term relationships with technical and creative talent who have proven track records of delivering beautiful and functional design online and off.

HiredPen is an amazing resource for academics and researchers eager to get their work out to the informed public. You won't know how you did your work without them.”

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Barbara Ray has nearly 30 years of academic publishing and policy writing experience.

As founding partner of HiredPen Inc., Ray has worked with leaders in the field of social welfare including Greg Duncan, Richard Murnane, Cecilia Rouse, Elizabeth Kneebone, Audrey Singer, Jens Ludwig, Dana Goldman, Sheldon Danziger, Laurence Steinberg, and scholars at MDRC, NBER, Brookings Institution, Voices for Illinois Children, the Federal Reserve Board, and the MacArthur Foundation. She is the author of several books and chapters, most recently Not Quite Adults: Why 20-Somethings Are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood and Why It's Good for Everyone (Random House, 2010). She has held communications positions at the MacArthur Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood, the DHHS-funded Joint Center for Poverty Research, Chapin Hall Center for Children, and as a managing editor at the University of Chicago Press journals division.

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Sarah Jackson has been writing for diverse audiences, from low-income parents to foundation professionals, since she began her career two decades ago.

Sarah joined Barbara Ray as partner of HiredPen in 2008 after working on several projects, including using social and online media to showcase the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning initiative. Previously, Sarah worked for the MacArthur Foundation, where she conducted research and writing assignments for multiple strategy groups including education, housing, juvenile justice, and community and economic development. She has conducted health care research for labor unions and program evaluations for the Chicago Board of Education. A former newspaper reporter, Sarah holds a degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a joint master's degree in urban policy and planning and child development/family policy from Tufts University.