The Ostrom Workshop is not your standard research institute. From the beginning, the Workshop’s founders, Elinor and Vincent Ostrom, have believed that ideas and theories must be considered through the lens of experience—that the critical connection is between ideas and what gets done. The answers to the questions the Ostrom Workshop asks can help the new president of a developing country identify ways of reducing corruption and increasing the strength of democratic institutions. They can help communities make decisions about how to better use their resources. They can help direct development dollars to where they will be best used to improve the lives of people.