Caesar Rodney Institute

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The Caesar Rodney Institute is an American nonprofit free-market research and educational organization in Delaware in the United States. It is a member of the State Policy Network.[1]

It is described as a "non-partisan, non-profit public policy group intent upon affecting measured improvement in the socio-economic well being at all levels and strata of Delaware society and promoting an understanding of our nation’s founding principles of limited government, individual initiative, personal responsibility, private property, the rule of law and free-markets."[2]


CRI has sought to allow Delaware taxpayers and citizens to better view the fruits of their expenditures and the direction of their state by making government information more readily accessible to the public.

Transparent Delaware

In February 2012, the Caesar Rodney Institute launched the website, completely dedicated to providing residents of the state of Delaware with data on how the Delaware government spends tax money, with breakdowns by agency and person. Examples of information include state payrolls, and state vendor contracts, which shows to whom government contracts are given to and for how much. The site currently has over 1,100 subscribers.

Upon its launch, received praise from both the Americans for Tax Reform and the Center for Fiscal Accountabity[3][4]

Sunlight on Schools

Sunlight on Schools [1] is a site dedicated to obtaining information from the Delaware Department of Education and breaking it down for Delaware residents. The data allows parents, educators, and concerned citizens to see staff data, salary data, school enrollment, standardized test scores, and revenue/expenditures for schools and school districts.

Donor Disclosure Policy

The Institute maintains a strict anonymity and public nondisclosure policy as to the sources of its own support, as expressed in a "Donor Bill of Rights".[5]


The Caesar Rodney Institute is directed by Barrett Kidner, a former employee of DuPont de Nemours & Co. and the founder of The Barrett Group, an import/export consulting company. He obtained a Bachelor's of Engineering Degree in Industrial Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He is a former member of the Army Corp. of Engineers, Second Lieutenant. He completed his military service obligation in the U. S. Army Reserve, as commander, Headquarters Company, 304th Engineer Battalion, (Combat), 79th Infantry Division with the rank of Captain.

The Center has three directors of policy analysis:

Dr. John Stapleford P.H.D., Center for Economic Policy and Analysis-Dr. Stapleford is a professor emeritus of economic development from Eastern University and most recently worked as an associate director and senior economist with Moody's He was Director of the Bureau of Economic Research at the University of Delaware and the co-founder of the Delaware Small Business Development Center. He has served as a member of a number of public service organizations including the Governor's General Motors Task Force, the Governor's Urban Community Revitalization Task Force, the Secretary of Finance's Indigent Health Care Working Group, the Labor Market Information Committee of the Delaware Private Industry Council, and the Project Self Sufficiency Task Force. Dr. Stapleford writes about economic policy in the state of Delaware. He is a founding member of the Caesar Rodney Institute.

David Stevenson, Center for Energy Competitiveness Mr. Stevenson joined the Institute in 2010. He holds a B.S. in agricultural economics from Rutgers University, and is founder and president of One Call Services, Inc., a home remodeling company. In his twenty-three years at DuPont, Mr. Stevenson worked with both economic and technical issues including serving in technical service, business management and new business development. His areas of focus included pioneering work in the production of photovoltaic cells and wind turbines, and work on new battery designs. He was a founding member of Delaware's Green Building Council. Mr. Stevenson writes about energy policy in the state of Delaware.

James Hosley, Center for Excellence in Education- Mr. Hosley earned his Executive MBA in International Business at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and his Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in History and English at Providence College, Providence, RI. He previously worked as Vice President, Operations and Technology for Crane Plastics in Columbus, Ohio, before being hired by the Caesar Rodney Institute in January 2012. His efforts resulted in recognition of the company as the industry's leader in new products and services. While at Providence College, he was commissioned Second Lieutenant, Armor Branch, Army of the United States. He completed his career as a Major serving with the U.S. Army Reserve, 98th Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Engineers in the state of New York. Mr. Hosley writes about educational policy and implementation in the state of Delaware.