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VPR's 'Did It Work?' Series: Asking If Public Dollars Made A Difference

"Vermont Edition" features five stories from the investigative series "Did It Work?"
"Vermont Edition" features five stories from the investigative series "Did It Work?"

“Did It work?” It’s a question rarely asked after publicly-funded programs launch. But long after the headlines fade and promises are made, how do we know if those public dollars actually made a difference? Vermont Edition features five stories from VPR's investigative series "Did It Work?" asking the question about electric vehicle incentives, efforts to bring Vermont products to Japan and more. 

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"Vermont Edition" features five stories from the investigative series "Did It Work?"

The question stuck with VPR reporter and All Things Considered host Henry Epp, who produced a series of stories exploring a singular question about publicly-funded programs in Vermont, both big and small: did it work?

The series followed up on a handful of initiatives over the past few years and looked how much bang — if any — Vermonters got for their buck.

The programs looked at state, federal and even public utility dollars aimed at meeting a public good, helping small businesses or boosting the Vermont brand.

Months or years later, Epp and a handful of other VPR reporters tracked down those involved in the programs to see if the promises panned out. 

Read more from the"Did It Work?"series:

Broadcast on Monday, July 29, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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