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About Us

Common Sense Institute is a non-partisan research organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of Colorado’s economy. CSI is at the forefront of important discussions concerning the future of free enterprise in Colorado and aims to have an impact on the issues that matter most to Coloradans.

CSI’s mission is to examine the fiscal impacts of policies, initiatives, and proposed laws so that Coloradans are educated and informed on issues impacting their lives. CSI employs rigorous research techniques and dynamic modeling to evaluate the potential impact of these measures on the Colorado economy and individual opportunity.

Common Sense Institute was founded in 2010 originally as Common Sense Policy Roundtable. CSI’s founders were a concerned group of business and community leaders who observed that divisive partisanship was overwhelming policymaking and believed that sound economic analysis could help Coloradans make fact-based and common sense decisions.


Guiding Principles:

  1. FREE ENTERPISE
    Common sense policies should govern market structures with minimal interference while promoting ideas to flourish through competition and protecting individual rights.
  2. ECONOMIC VITALITY
    Promote or create a foundation of thoughtful policies for Colorado’s economic vitality with a diversity of businesses to enhance the overall quality of life for all Coloradans.
  3. INDIVIDUAL OPPORTUNITY
    Enable opportunity for individuals and families to prosper, grow, and make Colorado home. We all should be afforded the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.
  4. DYNAMIC RESEARCH
    Provide research that is based on fact and connects us through a diverse and dynamic economy. Policy changes can often have broad and long-term ripple effects. We utilize dynamic economic models, and other tools, to simulate economic impact scenarios across Colorado’s economy.
  5. NON PARTISANSHIP
    We believe it is critical to work across the aisles on positive solutions to address Colorado’s biggest challenges.