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POS 444 / ES 410 Introduction to Public Policy

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  • Annenburg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania
    White papers and reports are the product of original research by scholars at the Annenberg Public Policy Center and their collaborators and examine public policy questions in areas of importance. Issue briefs are short takes that summarize existing work in areas of ongoing study and questions worthy of examination.
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  • Institute for Social and Policy Studies. Yale University. Data Archive 
    The ISPS Data Archive consists primarily of social science research based on experiments. The Archive is organized by study and includes the data, analysis code, requisite documentation, and other associated materials. All published materials have been reviewed to enable long-term usability.
  • IssueLab
    "Access to thousands of case studies, evaluations, white papers, and issue briefs addressing some of the world's most pressing social problems."
  • PolicyArchive
    PolicyArchive is an innovative, new digital archive of global, non-partisan public policy research. It makes use of the power, efficiency, and economy of modern Internet technology to collect and disseminate summaries and full texts, videos, reports, briefs, and multimedia material of think tank, university, government, and foundation-funded policy research.

Google strategies for finding policy papers

Use this search strategy to locate public policy briefs online. Here are a few tips for more efficient, effective Google searches:

1. Include the phrase "policy brief" or "policy report" in your search. (Keep the quotation marks around "policy brief" or "policy report" to find this exact phrase).


2. Use a site: search. This will limit your search to a broad domain (e.g., .org sites, .edu sites, .gov sites) or to a specific website (e.g.,