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Administrative Science and Public Administration Subject Guide: Policy Research

Policy Research

Using law and/or legislation for policy research can include bills, amendments, court decisions, debates, and law reviews. 


New Jersey

Using government agencies for policy research can include reports, statistics, and outcomes. 


New Jersey

Business and Economy

Criminal Justice


Energy and Environment


Using policy and advocacy sites for policy research can include reports, research, pros/cons, and social action. Advocacy sites are published by organizations (mostly nonprofits) with the purpose to influence public opinion. 

Tips for using policy and advocacy sites:

  • To find additional organizations not listed below, search for trade or professional associations, Think Tanks, IGOs, and NGOs that are in the public/education/health/nonprofit fields.
  • Read the organization's "About" or "About Us" page to learn about the organization's mission and goals.
  • Look for an "Issues" or "Topics" link, which most advocacy sites will have.
  • Look for links on the website to "reports" or "research," "data," "legislation" or "legislative action" etc.

Non-governmental Organization (NGO) Search Engine

Click NGO Search Engine to search for topics and issues across NGO websites. Sites were chosen based on their consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and also collated from University of Minnesota Human Rights Library, Duke University Libraries' NGO Research Guide, and the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO).

Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) Search Engine

Click Intergovernmental Organization Search Engine to search for topics and issues across hundreds of IGO websites.

Public Policy Organizations

Education Policy Organizations

Health Policy Organizations

Using media and public opinion for policy research can include news, public debate, and polls. 


Public Opinion