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 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.

COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION CASE STUDY: HOW TO PLAY THE LONG GAME — ACHIEVING STATE-LEVEL PENSION REFORM

February 15, 2019

In 2017, after years of sounding the alarm on Pennsylvania’s billions of dollars in state pension debt, the Commonwealth Foundation (CF) saw its hard work pay off. That’s because state policymakers came together — conservatives and progressives alike — to sign off on Act 5, a plan that is projected to save the state billions and secure the retirements of government workers.

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LIPA TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION CASE STUDY: HOW A SMALL TEAM REPEALED CROATIA’S PROPERTY TAX

February 15, 2019

Lipa Taxpayers Association is a small shop, with just one full-time employee and a modest budget. But with grit and ingenuity it stopped Croatia’s new property tax dead in its tracks, unleashing such a powerful public backlash that Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic was forced to repeal the tax in 2017 before it was ever implemented. Public outcry against the country’s high tax burden has been so strong ever since Lipa’s efforts that it has become virtually impossible to pass tax hikes of any kind in Croatia.

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDIT CASE STUDIES: VENEZUELA

December 11, 2018

Venezuela was once the most prosperous country in Latin America. Much of this was due to economic freedom. In fact, in 1970 Venezuela had the highest level of economic freedom in Latin America, and 10th in the world, as ranked by the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) Index. The prosperity, however, led to ill-advised social and economic policies. The combination of shifting commodity prices, rapidly expanding public employment, and restrictive economic policies resulted in stagnation and then decline, exacerbated by populist political leaders who continued to expand unsustainable social programs.

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDIT SERIES CASE STUDY: EGYPT

November 30, 2018

The tumultuous social environment in Egypt presents an opportunity for change, but it also creates a lot of noise to filter through. Seeing that a problem exists is a cursory first step; grasping the nuance of reality in a way that translates to affecting progress is the real key. While ECPPS’ broad goal is to improve society, to accomplish that end they decided to investigate the core drivers that restrict economic liberties and target them for reform.

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDIT SERIES CASE STUDY: ARGENTINA

November 27, 2018

Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is the most visited city in South America. Tourists enjoy Argentina’s quaint streets, the old European feel, and the rich culture. Little do many know that the country is in crisis.

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LIFE CASE STUDY: PERU’S PEOPLE’S CHAMPION CONNECTS A NATION ONE INFRASTRUCTURE REFORM AT A TIME

July 11, 2018

The Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Policy Reform, or “LIFE,” project was designed to promote policy reforms that demonstrably move the needle on economic policy, measured by marginal change in a specific prominent ranking or index. Such indices include the Doing Business Index by the World Bank Group, the Economic Freedom Index by the Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Wall Street Journal, and the Economic Freedom of the World Report by the Fraser Institute. The program provided grants to Atlas Network partners to conduct research, advocacy campaigns, and media campaigns to affect change. The grant awarded $100,000 to each selected organization, divided over the course of three years, and was generously sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. In the inaugural iteration of the project, 16 think tanks were selected for participation. Lessons learned from three of the participating organizations have been detailed in three Atlas Network case studies.

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LIFE CASE STUDY: INDIA'S POLICY RUDDER NAVIGATES MARKET REFORM WATERS IN WORLD'S LARGEST DEMOCRACY

July 11, 2018

The Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Policy Reform, or “LIFE,” project was designed to promote policy reforms that demonstrably move the needle on economic policy, measured by marginal change in a specific prominent ranking or index. Such indices include the Doing Business Index by the World Bank Group, the Economic Freedom Index by the Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Wall Street Journal, and the Economic Freedom of the World Report by the Fraser Institute. The program provided grants to Atlas Network partners to conduct research, advocacy campaigns, and media campaigns to affect change. The grant awarded $100,000 to each selected organization, divided over the course of three years, and was generously sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. In the inaugural iteration of the project, 16 think tanks were selected for participation. Lessons learned from three of the participating organizations have been detailed in three Atlas Network case studies.

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LIFE CASE STUDY: SLOVAKIA'S BRAINTRUST FUELS CENTRAL EUROPE’S CROSS-PARTISAN MARKET LIBERALIZATION

July 10, 2018

The Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Policy Reform, or “LIFE,” project was designed to promote policy reforms that demonstrably move the needle on economic policy, measured by marginal change in a specific prominent ranking or index. Such indices include the Doing Business Index by the World Bank Group, the Economic Freedom Index by the Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Wall Street Journal, and the Economic Freedom of the World Report by the Fraser Institute. The program provided grants to Atlas Network partners to conduct research, advocacy campaigns, and media campaigns to affect change. The grant awarded $100,000 to each selected organization, divided over the course of three years, and was generously sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. In the inaugural iteration of the project, 16 think tanks were selected for participation. Lessons learned from three of the participating organizations have been detailed in three Atlas Network case studies.

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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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