Archive: 09/2011

CitiStat: Using Sound Business Practices to Improve Government Transparency and Performance

This 2006 Information Brief examines the CitiStat philosophy of governance, which transforms government operations by holding those in charge of service delivery accountable for their departments' performance.  Citing examples including Syracuse, New York and Baltimore, Maryland, the Brief notes that use of CitiStat is correlated with increased government efficiency and decreased government spending.

Original Publication: January 2006

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Illicit Drug Use: What the National Survey on Drug Use and Health Tells Us

This 2004 Information Brief examines the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) for the 2002 to 2003 period.  Explaining how the survey works and what it measures, the Brief notes that the NSDUH found no significant change in youth drug use during that period.  The Brief also points out that the NSDUH found the main reason respondents cited for not seeking treatment was cost and insurance barriers.

Original Publication: September 2004

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Campus Drug Courts: An Innovative Solution to an Intractable Problem

This 2004 Information Brief examines means to address substance abuse by college students.  Explaining a Colorado State University program based on the drug court model, the Brief finds that the program offers a creative model for colleges to reduce student substance abuse.

Original Publication: December 2004

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Drug Law Enforcement: Changing Federal, State, and Local Roles

This 2005 Policy Brief examines the impact of the FY2006 federal drug budget on state and local drug control programming.  Noting that the budget reduced support for state and local efforts, as well as cooperative programs between the federal government and states and localities, the Brief notes that the FY2006 drug budget marks a shift in U.S. drug policy toward more centralized federal programming.

Original Publication: March 2005

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Improving State Drug Laws: National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws- Performance Results

This 2005 Information Brief examines the role of the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws in assisting states develop drug control policies.  Noting that the Alliance employs a performance-based model to assess the results of law implementation, the Brief outlines the process the Alliance uses to facilitate development of drug control laws.

Original Publication: May 2005

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