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SOWK 330/607 : Social Welfare Policy Practice: Policy Analysis Resources

Additional Resources

Child Welfare


Public Opinion Surveys 

  • Cornell University maintains a list of public opinion surveys.  Many of the poll organizations can be accessed through this website. 

Pew Research Center 

  • Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan think-tank that conducts research and public opinion polling on attitudes and trends in the U.S. and the world. 

Gallup Polls 

  • Gallup has conducted opinion polls about what people think and feel for over 75 years.  Polls range from the economy, wellbeing, and politics.

Reference Sources

Policy Analysis Resources

Here's a list of resources that include statistics, poll, and other important information that you will find very helpful for your policy papers.

Debate Resources

  • All Sides - "information and ideas from all sides of the political spectrum so they can better understand the world — and each other. Our balanced news coverage, media bias ratings, civil dialogue opportunities, and technology platform are available for everyone and can be integrated by schools, nonprofits, media companies, and more."
  • Britannica -- from the Britannica group; "...we serve as a non-biased information source for our users. We present sourced pros and cons of debatable issues, as well as a host of reference information relevant to those issues, thoroughly researched and compiled by our research staff and editors."
  • University of Virginia: Miller Center National Discussion & Debate Series - A bit dated; latest entry is from 2012. But the other sections might be informative

Policy Briefs and Reports

  • CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online - "is the world’s largest online resource of documents and articles devoted to research, analysis, and scholarship on international politics and related fields, including security studies, global finance, diplomatic practice, humanitarian law, global governance, development studies, and environmental studies." 
  • Congressional Research Service (CRS) - CRS serves as the policy research service for Congress and produces in-depth reports on legislative concerns.  The reports are not publicly disseminated and developed confidentially for legislators, but you can request a copy through members of Congress and it is legal for them to distribute reports to constituents upon request. OpenCRS provides many of the reports that are in the public domain.  (
  • Policy Archive
  • Urban Institute: Social and Economic Policy Research
  • Annenberg Public Policy Center
  • Social Work Policy Institute
  • Health Policy Brief - Health Policy Briefs examine complex questions currently being debated in health policy and health services research. The health policy briefs provide a clear, comprehensive, and impartial overview that anyone can use to quickly get up to speed.

Maryland related


Legislative Bill Sources

Organizations, Centers

  • American Policy Directory - from Univ. of Oregon Libraries;  comprehensive directory with links on analysis and advocacy from all perspectives on US national public policy 
  • Think Tank Search - from Harvard Kennedy School- Think Tank Search searches the websites of institutions that generate public policy research, analysis, and activity. These sites are affiliated with universities, governments, advocacy groups, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and businesses. Inclusion is based upon the relevancy of subject area to HKS coursework and scholarship, the availability of the think tank’s research in full-text on the website, and the think tank’s reputation and influence upon policy making. The list represents a mixture of partisan and non-partisan think tanks.

Statistics and Data