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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Education
The rapid growth in the number of charter schools amounts to the privatization of public education. These schools receive public education money and because of this are often referred to as “public schools,” but this is a mischaracterization. Charter schools are privately operated...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level National
State(s) All States
Source National Science and Technology Council
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Housing, Public Safety, Health, Finance & Procurement, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Education
The Social and Behavioral Sciences Team 2016 Annual Report highlights SBST's progress implementing the President's directive over the past year in eight key policy areas: promoting retirement security, advancing economic opportunity, improving college access and affordability, responding...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level State
State(s) All States
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement
This report provides case studies that illustrate how private contractors hide three key types of information: the fees they charge the public, how they spend public funds, and details on the quality of public services. Decision-makers should adopt strong sunshine laws that require...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement
While privatization occurs under different names, such as outsourcing, contracting out, and public-private partnership, it always removes a public good from public control and places it under the control of a private entity. The specifics of these deals vary, but the consequences...

Type Ordinance
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source Austin City Council
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Health
This ordinance requires unlicensed pregnancy service centers or crisis pregnancy centers to prominently display a sign that states: if the center provides medical services; if the center provides medical services under the direction and supervision of a licensed health professional;...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level County
State(s) All States
Source The Behavioural Insights Team
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Health, Housing, Public Safety, Education, Democracy & Governance
By 2050, two out of every three people on the planet will live in a city. Urbanization and new ideas go hand in hand; by their very nature, cities have long served to create pockets of innovation, changing and improving the way we live our lives in the process. Historically this process...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Center for Information Policy Leadership
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice
Both the public and private sectors can benefit from responsible data-sharing practices that protect the privacy of individuals and businesses. This report outlines effective policies for accountable data sharing and provides examples of successful local initiatives. It recommends...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2019
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement
Too often, public officials propose the privatization of public facilities, public goods, or contracting out vital public services, without getting the basic information that decision-makers and voters need to know to evaluate these transactions. By asking a handful of simple questions...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level County
State(s) All States
Source The Behavioural Insights Team
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Housing, Public Safety, Health, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Education
If you want to encourage a behaviour, make it Easy, Attractive, Social and Timely (EAST). These four simple principles for applying behavioural insights are based on the Behavioural Insights Team's own work and the wider academic literature. There is a large body of evidence on what...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety, Health
Activists, organizers, and reformers often demand transparency from the criminal legal system because of the harm the system inflicts behind closed doors—particularly upon Black and Brown, poor, LGBTQ, and immigrant communities. For organizers working to dismantle the criminal legal...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Local Progress
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Data & Technology
Transparency and public data can help improve the effectiveness of government agencies and elected officials. However, current transparency requirements focus on physical publication and inspection, which favor and protect incumbent power. Local governments often do not have rigorous...

Type Ordinance
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source City of Madison
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Data & Technology
The city of Madison's open data ordinance allows greater public access to data regularly prepared by city agencies. City departments release data to the public through a comprehensive online portal, including property information, crime statistics, transit data, and city events. Making...

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