The Unexamined Multi-Billion Dollar Business: Congressional and State Legislative Pilot Projects

28 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2015

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William Wesley Patton

Whittier Law School; UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Date Written: February 11, 2015

Abstract

Congress and state legislatures annually spend hundreds of billions of dollars on pilot projects to determine whether those small experiments warrant expansion into nation-wide or state-wide implementation. Unfortunately, there are currently few pre-approval methodologies and even fewer interim and final assessment instruments required before pilot project contracts are finalized. The result is that often the pilot project studies produce data and outcome measures that are not useful in determining whether to scale-up the programs. This study compares several federal and state pilot projects and suggests new pilot project requirements that will permit policy makers to better analyze the benefits of these experiments, more easily compare similar pilot projects, and determine longitudinal assessments of these legislative mandates in order to avoid economic waste.

Suggested Citation

Patton, William Wesley, The Unexamined Multi-Billion Dollar Business: Congressional and State Legislative Pilot Projects (February 11, 2015). Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 24, p. 291, 2014; Whittier Law School Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2563705

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