The federal government has great difficulty in running effective programs. For example, scientifically rigorous national studies almost unanimously find that federal social programs, such as Head Start and multiple job-training programs, fail to yield meaningful benefits to participants. Yet, some small-scale social programs have been found to be effective. When these promising social programs are identified, the immediate assumption among many policy advocates is that the success of the programs can be replicated and “scaled-up” by the federal government. However, we often do not truly know why an apparently effective program worked in the first place. So how can we replicate it? Understanding why government fails so frequently – and how it might become more effective and less costly – is an important topic that needs to be addressed.
Two books of note on this subject – Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better by Peter Schuck and Do Federal Social Programs Work? by David Muhlhausen – will be available for purchase.
More About the Speakers
David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D.
Research Fellow in Empirical Policy Analysis,
Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity, The Heritage Foundation
Peter H. Schuck
Simeon E. Baldwin Professor Emeritus of Law, Yale Law School
Stuart M. Butler, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution
President, Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy
John Edward Hilboldt
Director, Lectures & Seminars