In this article from 2004, the authors look at the institutional pressures that cause programs to be replicated without any evidence that they work better than other programs in the same field—or, in some cases, that they work at all. One of the programs described here is DARE, now proposed by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a major partner for the Department of Justice in drug enforcement work.
Goverment secrecy can be a two-edged sword, cutting off information that is essential to protect citizens. Blum and Moulton detailhow far the Bush administration has advanced this dangerous trend, leaving nonprofits and their communities at risk.
Welcome to the special expanded Fall 2004 issue, on the complex relationships between government and nonprofits. This connection is complicated, often driven by gusty political winds, and increasingly intense—with long-term implications for the future of nonprofits. Now is not the time to sit silently by. We urge you to both read these articles and also to use them to figure out where you can take productive action. In fact, we may have struck the balance of power very wrong in the customary relationships we nonprofits have with government .
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