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Measuring What Matters

book_alt2 icon Report Edward Crowe details a new system for holding teacher preparation programs accountable for their graduates' results in the classroom.

By Edward Crowe | Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Golden Opportunity to Evaluate Energy Tax Expenditures

A new green jobs bill offers lawmakers a chance to establish performance measures for energy tax expenditures, argue Richard W. Caperton and Sima J. Gandhi.

By Richard W. Caperton and Sima J. Gandhi | Thursday, July 22, 2010

Turn Off the Oil Subsidy Spigot

Congress dropped the ball three weeks ago on eliminating big oil tax subsidies, but it still has a chance to act, writes Sima J. Gandhi.

By Sima J. Gandhi | Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Why Do We Give Oil Companies Such Large Subsidies?

play_alt icon Video Sima J. Gandhi explains why oil companies get such large government handouts, why they take such little responsibility when they cause disasters, and what we can do to hold them more responsible.

By Sima J. Gandhi | Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Feeding Opportunity

book_alt2 icon Report Report from Joel Berg explains why we need to care about child hunger and outlines strategies for eradicating it as part of a goal to cut poverty in half in 10 years.

By Joel Berg | Monday, May 24, 2010

The Big Oil Discount

BP and other oil companies are able to take advantage of many loopholes and subsidies that distort the marketplace to their advantage, writes Sima Gandhi.

By Sima J. Gandhi | Thursday, May 13, 2010

Eliminating Tax Subsidies for Oil Companies

President Obama proposes eliminating nine different tax expenditures primarily benefiting oil companies in his 2011 budget, would save the government about $45 billion over the next 10 years, writes Sima J. Gandhi.

By Sima J. Gandhi | Thursday, May 13, 2010

Cutting Fat with Coordination

An effective antiobesity strategy will require agencies to work together toward a common goal; Joel Berg provides recommendations for doing what works to get there.

By Joel Berg | Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Pumping Tax Dollars to Big Oil

It’s time for Congress to re-examine its priorities when it comes to tax subsidies for oil companies, which total billions of dollars a year.

By Sima J. Gandhi | Wednesday, April 14, 2010

America’s Hidden Power Bill

book_alt2 icon Report Report from Richard W. Caperton and Sima J. Gandhi argues that federal tax expenditures for energy should receive equal treatment with direct spending in the budget process.

By Richard W. Caperton and Sima J. Gandhi | Tuesday, April 13, 2010

i3 Brings Innovation to Education

book_alt2 icon Report Sima J. Gandhi explains how Congress can improve educational outcomes by investing in programs that encourage innovation while emphasizing results.

By Sima J. Gandhi | Friday, April 9, 2010

Education Transformation

book_alt2 icon Report Doing What Works project report analyzes federal education programs up for elimination, consolidation, or restructuring.

By Glenda L. Partee | Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Can We End Child Hunger by 2015?

The Senate child nutrition bill doesn’t go far enough in achieving the president’s bold goal of ending child hunger in five years, writes Joel Berg.

By Joel Berg | Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Doing What Works to End U.S. Hunger

book_alt2 icon Report Report from Joel Berg offers recommendations for making federal food programs more effective.

By Joel Berg | Friday, March 26, 2010