Pioneer Accomplishments: 2000-2005

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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.

Red line train with Boston skyline2000-2005

Pioneer’s study Rationalizing Health and Human Services makes the case for statewide administrative reform, ultimately paving the way to a 2004 structural reorganization plan that saved taxpayers $90 million.

Building on efforts started by collaboration with Morgan Stanley in 1991 and research that began in 1997, Pioneer participates in a Blue-Ribbon Committee that advances changes in MBTA budgeting and administration.  The state legislature tightens the T’s belt and automates fare collection.

After training dozens of charter school entrepreneurs, Pioneer spins off the Building Excellent Schools program as a separate 501(c)3 that creates a pipeline of high-quality charter entrepreneurs for cities and states around the nation.

Pioneer’s study Charter Colleges: Balancing Freedom and Accountability recommends that the Massachusetts College of Art and Maritime Academy be granted increased operational freedom.  Related policy reforms were adopted in 2004.