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Southwest Public Policy Institute

Better living through better policy.

aka SPPI   |   Bernalillo, NM   |  https://southwestpolicy.com

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Mission

The Southwest Public Policy Institute is a research and educational institution headquartered in Albuquerque. The mission is to improve the quality of life in the American Southwest by formulating, promoting, and defending sound public policy solutions based on the principles of free enterprise, personal responsibility, limited government, individual freedom, and traditional American values.

Ruling year info

2022

President

Patrick Monroe Brenner

Main address

PO Box 1746

Bernalillo, NM 87004 USA

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EIN

88-2196936

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

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Our programs

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We Agree

With our big data-first approach and the inclusion of every state in the American Southwest in our work, there is tremendous potential for reinvigorating conservative principles and traditional American values with one motto: we agree. By separating political partisanship in conversations with constituents and addressing the individual issues with solutions to solve problems, I truly believe that we can help move American Southwest in a positive direction and set an example for the entire region to follow. By addressing K-12 education directly with parents of school-aged children, public safety and overwhelming criminal activity, economic growth and job creation, and energy policy prioritizing reliability and affordability in energy production, we can be sure that our outreach efforts are being delivered to the right people.

Population(s) Served

SPPI-TV is the podcast of the Southwest Public Policy Institute. Join us as we dive into the world of public policy, exploring the issues that shape our communities and influence our future. In each episode, we bring together policymakers, experts, and thought leaders to discuss pressing topics such as healthcare, education, environment, and economic development. With insightful interviews, engaging discussions, and expert analysis, SPPI-TV offers a platform to understand the complexities of public policy and discover innovative solutions to the challenges we face.

Population(s) Served

The Liberty Litigation Initiative by the Southwest Public Policy Institute (SPPI) stands at the forefront of championing public interest through strategic litigation. Dedicated to safeguarding transparency, accountability, and individual freedoms, this program focuses on challenging governmental overreach and ensuring public access to information. By leveraging legal expertise, the initiative aims to rectify systemic issues within government institutions that impede democratic principles and the rule of law.

Our approach involves meticulous case selection, where each lawsuit is seen not just as a legal battle but as an opportunity to promote broader societal changes. The Liberty Litigation Initiative collaborates with a network of pro bono attorneys and policy experts to litigate on issues that have significant implications for public policy and civil liberties. Through these efforts, we strive to set precedents that reinforce the foundations of a free society, including the protectio

Population(s) Served

The Marketplace Freedom Project is an innovative research initiative undertaken by the Southwest Public Policy Institute, designed to illuminate the real-world impacts of regulatory policies on consumers and the economy. By employing consumer emulation studies, this program meticulously analyzes and replicates consumer behaviors and decisions in controlled environments to evaluate the effects of existing and proposed regulations.

This project aims to bridge the gap between theoretical policy discussions and tangible consumer experiences, providing a robust evidence base to inform public debate and policy formulation. Through detailed simulations and analyses, the Marketplace Freedom Project seeks to advocate for policy reforms that enhance consumer choice, market competitiveness, and economic freedom.

Our findings serve as a critical resource for policymakers, industry stakeholders, and the public, offering insights into how regulations shape consumer outcomes and market dynamics.

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Victims and oppressed people
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Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Competitiveness Coalition 2023

Freedom Conservatism 2023

Free Speech Alliance 2022

No More Lines Coalition 2024

Our results

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Southwest Public Policy Institute (SPPI) aims to become a leading voice for transparent, accountable governance and the preservation of individual liberties through informed public policy in the American Southwest. Our overarching goals are:

Advocate for Transparency and Accountability: We strive to ensure that all governmental operations are conducted openly and that public officials are held accountable for their actions. Through initiatives like the Liberty Litigation Initiative, we aim to challenge and reform policies that obstruct public access to information, thereby promoting a more transparent government that serves its citizens effectively and equitably.

Promote Economic Freedom and Consumer Choice: The Marketplace Freedom Project underscores our commitment to advocating for policies that foster a competitive, innovative, and fair market environment. By analyzing the impacts of regulatory policies through consumer emulation studies, we aim to highlight the importance of economic freedom and consumer choice, advocating for policy reforms that encourage entrepreneurship, reduce unnecessary regulation, and enhance consumer welfare.

Influence Policy and Public Opinion: Through rigorous research, policy analysis, and public education efforts, we aim to influence public policy and opinion towards a greater appreciation of the principles of free enterprise, limited government, and individual freedoms. Our goal is to create a well-informed public discourse that values evidence-based policies and respects the foundational principles of democracy and liberty.

Empower Communities and Protect Civil Liberties: By engaging in public interest litigation and advocacy, we aim to protect and advance civil liberties, ensuring that individuals' rights are protected against infringement by governmental or private entities. Our efforts focus on safeguarding free speech, privacy rights, and the right to access public information, thereby empowering communities to advocate for their rights and interests.

Ultimately, the Southwest Public Policy Institute seeks to create a lasting impact by fostering policies that enhance the quality of life, promote justice, and ensure the freedom and prosperity of individuals in the American Southwest and beyond. Through these efforts, we envision a future where policy decisions are made transparently, governments are held accountable, and individual liberties are preserved and respected.

The Southwest Public Policy Institute (SPPI) is committed to fostering an informed public policy landscape that champions transparency, accountability, and individual freedoms. Our strategies to achieve these goals are multifaceted and leverage both legal and research-based approaches:

Public Interest Litigation: We plan to continue and expand our Liberty Litigation Initiative, utilizing strategic litigation to challenge government overreach and safeguard public access to information. This involves selecting cases with the potential for broad societal impact and working closely with a network of pro bono attorneys and policy experts to litigate issues critical to public policy and civil liberties.

Consumer Emulation Studies: Through our Marketplace Freedom Project, we conduct in-depth research and analysis to understand the effects of regulatory policies on consumers and the economy. By simulating consumer behaviors in controlled environments, we aim to provide empirical evidence that informs public debate and policy-making, advocating for reforms that enhance consumer choice and market competitiveness.

Policy Advocacy and Education: We engage in policy advocacy, aiming to influence public opinion and legislative action through the dissemination of our research findings and policy recommendations. This includes hosting public forums, producing policy briefs, and leveraging digital media to reach a broad audience of policymakers, industry stakeholders, and the general public.

Collaborative Partnerships: We foster partnerships with like-minded organizations, think tanks, and academic institutions to amplify our impact. These collaborations enable us to share resources, conduct joint research projects, and co-host events that promote our shared goals of transparency, accountability, and economic freedom.

Public Engagement and Awareness: We are committed to raising public awareness about the importance of transparency, accountability, and individual freedoms. This includes conducting online surveys to gauge public opinion, producing educational content, and engaging with the community through social media platforms and our podcast series.

Through these strategic approaches, SPPI aims to effect meaningful change in the public policy landscape, ensuring that policies are crafted with an emphasis on transparency, accountability, and respect for individual freedoms.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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Southwest Public Policy Institute

Board of directors
as of 04/18/2024
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Board chair

Becky Ingoglia

Tonja Brandt

Joshua Young

Megan DeLaRosa

Greg Brooks

Vicki Alger

Patrick O'Brien

Patrick Monroe Brenner

Southwest Public Policy Institute

Becky Ingoglia

Shawn Peterson

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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Person without a disability

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