Tools and Guides

In the Public Interest equips citizens, public officials, advocacy groups, and researchers with information, ideas, and resources on best practices in government contracting and other types of public-private agreements.

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10 questions to ask before any privatization deal
June 2019

Ten questions to ask before any privatization decision is made.
Understanding and Evaluating Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships (P3s)
January 2017

A guide to help advocates, policymakers, and other stakeholders better understand and analyze public-private partnership (P3) infrastructure proposals, contracts, and related legislation.
Understanding and Evaluating Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships in the Water Sector
November 2019

A guide to help advocates, policymakers, and other stakeholders better understand and analyze water infrastructure project proposals, contracts, and related legislation.
The Public School Accountability Agenda
March 2015

An 11-point program to ensure that charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately operated, are fulfilling their role in public education as lawmakers intended.
A Guide to Evaluating Pay for Success and Social Impact Bonds
March 2016

A guide helping communities and policymakers identify critical issues surrounding Pay for Success (PFS) contracts and Social Impact Bonds, particularly their impact on vulnerable individuals and the public.
Guide: Is Your Waste Contract Putting Your Municipality At Risk? Best Practices in Municipal Waste Contracting
November 2016

A guide providing best practices for municipalities aiming to protect their interests when contracting with private companies that provide waste management services.
Making the Grade: Questions to Ask About School Services Privatization
September 2013

A guide providing examples of important questions that decision makers should consider when faced with a proposed school services privatization effort.
Essential Public Interest Protections for Prison Privatization Contracts
October 2012

A list of protections to be considered when negotiating and designing contracts with private prison companies, include best practices that states can implement to better monitor and enforce these contract provisions.

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