CASE STUDIES

Atlas Network believes that some of the best lessons for achieving impact are taught by sharing success stories of similar organizations. Over the next several years, we will be producing a series of case studies, based on exceptional think tanks within the Atlas Network, to provide insight, context, and advice on running effective think tanks. If you would like more in-depth analysis, guidance, and discussion, be sure to participate in Atlas Leadership Academy's Think Tank Impact online course. This course, run quarterly throughout the year, will allow you to learn, share, and address your organization's challenges along with others from the worldwide freedom movement.

IMCO CASE STUDY HIGHLIGHTS AWARD-WINNING ANTICORRUPTION REFORM INITIATIVE FOR MEXICO

February 26, 2018

For the first time in the history of modern Mexican democracy a credible, relevant, and effective anticorruption legal infrastructure exists. It holds Mexican politicians accountable and keeps them honest from the get-go, all thanks to Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad (IMCO)’s revolutionary “3for3” campaign. As of July 18, 2017, it is required by law that every politician must publish his or her declarations of assets, taxes paid, and possible conflicts of interest.

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MLI CASE STUDY SHOWS HOW ENGAGING NON-TRADITIONAL ALLIES CAN CREATE FREE-MARKET CHANGE

February 26, 2018

The history of Canada’s Aboriginal people is one of state dependency and a lack of opportunity. To address these challenges, Macdonald-Laurier Institute for Public Policy (MLI)’s multi-year Aboriginal Canada and the Natural Resource Economy project has made the case that Indigenous engagement in the booming Canadian resource economy provides a once-in-a-century opportunity to set right the fundamental inequalities within Canadian life.

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GCO CASE STUDY SHOWS HOW REACHING ACROSS THE AISLE REDUCED RECIDIVISM IN GEORGIA

February 23, 2018

Georgia leads the country in the number of people under correctional supervision – currently 1 in 13 statewide, starkly higher than the 1 in 31 nationwide rate. And two-thirds of those eventually released from prison are likely to be rearrested within three years of their release. Georgia Center for Opportunity (GCO) has engaged with this issue head-on through its Prisoner Reentry Initiative.

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BEACON CENTER OF TENNESSEE CASE STUDY DESCRIBES TACKLING OF THE HALL TAX

February 23, 2018

For decades, Tennessee has claimed to be an income tax-free state, even passing a constitutional amendment banning taxes on income. And for decades, this has been a lie – the state has continually taxed income derived from savings, stocks, and bonds since 1929 through its grandfathered-in "Hall Tax." But last year Beacon Center of Tennessee fought back with its comprehensive public awareness and digital advertising campaign called “Tackle the Hall Tax” – exposing the true nature of the tax, which raids seniors' nest eggs and drives business and investment away from Tennessee.

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IEE CASE STUDY BOASTS LATIN AMERICA’S SUPER BOWL OF LIBERALISM

October 13, 2017

What started as a handful of young entrepreneurs gathering 200 people in an auditorium has evolved into a convention unlike any other, spanning six days of events with an attendance of over 6,000. And now, the Instituto de Estudos Empresariais’s Fórum da Liberdade has become Latin America’s Super Bowl of Liberalism.

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CCS CASE STUDY SHOWS SUCCESS IN REMOVING BARRIERS FOR ENTREPRENEURS

July 25, 2017

India long has been known for its Permit Raj, also known as the Licensing Raj, which makes it difficult to establish a legal business and pushes many people into the informal economy. Indeed, more than 90 percent of Indians, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the nation’s GDP, work outside of the law. Street vendors play a significant economic role. In Rajasthan, for instance, even the 2 percent of people involved in street vending amounts to 10 million people. Only 4 percent of them possessed legal licenses.

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LFMI CASE STUDY SHOWS HOW STUDENTS ARE GETTING AN ECONOMIC EDUCATION FOR THE FUTURE

February 10, 2017

In 2002, Lithuania added economic education to its national school curriculum, mandating that 9th or 10th grade students take 31 hours of classroom study. Teachers, many of them working out of their field, struggled to make outdated textbooks relevant to their students, especially as the available material emphasized government-level solutions to economic problems through theoretical mathematical modeling of economic activity. Surveys of teachers found that 70 percent complained about the abstract marginalization of this new mandated curriculum, made worse through limited time for planning, a lack of engaging and interactive teaching material, and a unanimous feeling among students that the course “did not relate to the surrounding reality and people’s lives.”

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