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.
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.
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.