Pioneer Accomplishments: 1988-1993

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20 Years of Common Sense and Uncommon Results

Pioneer Institute uses academic-quality research and professional marketing strategies to improve the quality of debate and change minds on critical public policy issues.  We garner over 2,400 media appearances (TV, radio, print) annually, including stories in The Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, the Economist, the BBC, MSNBC, as well as in local and regional media outlets.

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Pioneer’s A Radical Plan for Boston book forms the intellectual foundation of the charter school movement in Massachusetts.

Pioneer’s research and outreach efforts by its Board drive public conversation around passage of Massachusetts’ landmark 1993 Education Reform Act.

Partial implementation of “Boston Harbor Cleanup Plan Can Be Improved,” a winning entry from the 1992 Better Government Competition, saves MWRA ratepayers over $100 million.

Pioneer’s book Work and Welfare in Massachusetts outlines a new approach to reform state welfare programs.  Former Governor, William F. Weld signs legislation implementing many of the book’s ideas in mid-90s.

Pioneer research and outreach lead to reforms of the state’s fleet management system.

Pioneer research forms the basis of initial and later  reforms to the state’s child support system and the tracking of so-called “deadbeat” dads.

Pioneer research leads to streamlined wetland permitting process.