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Creating a National Infrastructure Bank and Infrastructure Planning Council

A transportation worker creates a dust cloud while cutting concrete book_alt2 icon Report An infrastructure bank and planning council would better organize spending on infrastructure projects, as well as increase public and private investment in those projects.

By Keith Miller, Kristina Costa, and Donna Cooper | Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Cost of Not Maintaining Levees

Kristina Costa and Donna Cooper consider Hurricane Issac and the cost of not maintaing levees.

By Kristina Costa and Donna Cooper | Thursday, August 30, 2012

Getting America’s Freight Back on the Move

book_alt2 icon Report Keith Miller, Kristina Costa, and Donna Cooper offer recommendations for boosting investment in our economically critical freight infrastructure.

By Keith Miller, Kristina Costa, and Donna Cooper | Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Defending the Value of the Community Services Block Grant

These federal grants provide enormous benefits to millions but face severe budget cuts in coming years, write Kristina Costa and Timothy Warfield, who suggest focusing on outcomes to demonstrate their effectiveness.

By Kristina Costa and Timothy R. Warfield | Thursday, July 26, 2012

Increasing the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Existing Public Investments in Early Childhood Education

book_alt2 icon Report Donna Cooper and Kristina Costa examine the benefits of early childhood education programs and discuss ways to enhance and improve the existing federally supported early childhood education system.

By Donna Cooper and Kristina Costa | Friday, June 1, 2012

Not the Ceiling, but the Floor

article icon Issue Brief Kristina Costa explores why conflicting government rules and expectations are hampering the efforts of an innovative early childhood program in Harlem.

By Kristina Costa | Friday, June 1, 2012

The American Community Survey Is Under Attack

The short-sighted vote in the House of Representatives to eliminate the American Community Survey is an antibusiness vote against informed government, writes Kristina Costa.

By Kristina Costa | Tuesday, May 15, 2012

New Financing Tool for Social Programs Opens Doors for Juvenile Justice

Kristina Costa explains how Social Impact Bonds help solve some of the challenges facing juvenile justice.

By Kristina Costa | Friday, May 11, 2012

What’s the Buzz About?

Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa explain the buzz about Social Impact Bonds.

By Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa | Friday, May 11, 2012

Inside a Social Impact Bond Agreement

article icon Issue Brief Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa lay out examples of what should—and should not—be included in a SIB agreement.

By Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa | Monday, May 7, 2012

Defining Terms in a Social Impact Bond Agreement

Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa address the essential elements of Social Impact Bond contracts.

By Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa | Friday, May 4, 2012

Social Impact Bonds and Government Contracting

Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa explain how government should make contractor decisions in a SIB agreement.

By Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa | Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Fact Sheet: Social Impact Bonds

Jitinder Kohli, Doug Besharov, and Kristina Costa lay out the facts behind this new way of financing.

By Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa | Thursday, April 12, 2012

What Are Social Impact Bonds?

article icon Issue Brief Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa answer basic questions about Social Impact Bonds—what they are, where they can be most useful, and how they differ from traditional government contracts.

By Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa | Thursday, March 22, 2012

Social Impact Bonds 101

Social Impact Bonds are an innovative new financing tool for social programs that allow government to focus on approaches that work—without paying a dime for unsuccessful programs, write Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa.

By Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa | Thursday, March 22, 2012