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.

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 Teachers, many of them working out of their field, struggled to make outdated textbooks relevant to their students, especially as the available material emphasized government-level solutions to economic problems through theoretical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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FGA CASE STUDY HIGHLIGHTS INNOVATIVE ORGANIZATION MODEL, NATIONAL REFORM CAMPAIGN

October 12, 2016

How do you lift people out of poverty? Government assistance seems like an obvious solution, but the incentive structure of welfare programs tends to keep people trapped in a cycle of dependency — preventing them from acquiring the skills and experience necessary to build a better life. The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), based in Florida, created a nationwide network for policy reform from scratch when it helped keep 19 states from expanding the costly Medicaid expansion, then used that experience to bring welfare reform to 22 states between 2015 and 2016. The FGA’s Restore the Working Class project has been an unprecedented success, and provides a template for how to achieve practical reform in a variety of state political climates.

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TAX FOUNDATION CASE STUDY SHOWS HOW IMPARTIAL, QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS LEADS TO CONCRETE REFORM

October 7, 2016

It’s easy to look at a burdensome state tax system and point out that the rates are too high and the compliance process is too bewildering. It’s much more difficult to navigate the complexities of each state’s tax structure and explain the problems with each form of taxation and regulatory burden, and provide a practical roadmap for reform. For years, the Tax Foundation heard from policymakers asking for guidance on how to do a better job, and the organization’s president, Scott Hodge, conceived of the State Business Tax Climate Index. Now in its 13th annual edition, the index uses 118 variables to quantify state tax structures, provide a framework for comparison, and suggest steps for improvement.

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INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE CASE STUDY LINKS STORYTELLING & COMPREHENSIVE DATA TO LITIGATION VICTORIES

July 31, 2016

It’s not always easy to convince people that they should care about other people’s problems — everyone faces their own challenges, and worrying about others instead can seem like a distant priority. The Institute for Justice (IJ), an Atlas Network partner based in Arlington, Va., decided that in order to succeed in its work as a public interest law firm protecting individual rights, it would need to tell compelling stories about individuals who highlight the personal nature of the struggle for fundamental freedoms to live, work, and own property.

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SOUTH AFRICAN LAND TITLING CASE STUDY PROVIDES BLUEPRINT FOR EFFECTIVE POLICY REFORM

May 16, 2016

The historical weight of apartheid in South Africa is staggering, and its repercussions continue to be felt today. The Free Market Foundation (FMF), an Atlas Network partner based in South Africa, estimates that there may be 7 million people who lack secure property titles to their property, because the former apartheid regime made ownership illegal for black residents and the modern titling process is difficult and costly for many low-income families to navigate. FMF’s success story in helping make home ownership a reality for hundreds of these families to date provides a model of effective policy work — not only for future efforts in South Africa, but also for organizations around the world who can learn from the practical steps that FMF took in identifying a problem and implementing an effective solution.

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