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LPSC 7311: Strategizing Public Policy

Policy Overviews

The policy resources listed in the boxes below are categorized geographically: national, state/regional, etc.  

Policy Commons - Database Trial through October 30

Policy Commons provides access to more than 2.5 million reports, working papers, policy briefs, data sources, and media drawn from a directory of more than 8,000 IGOs, NGOs, think tanks, and research centers. Disciplines covered include economics, history, political science, sociology, statistics, geography, international development, and area studies.

Please let us know if Policy Commons supports your research. Complete a brief evaluation form here. (Be sure to select Policy Commons if we have several database trials in progress!) Your responses help us make informed decisions about resource acquisitions.

State Level Policy Resources

A number of these web sites facilitate comparative research across states. 

  • The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) creates portals and databases which compare issues/legislation across states (sample issues include medical and recreational marijuana; state immigration laws; sanctuary policies; and climate change). 
  • NCSL provides links to state legislatures.
  • The Council of State Government Knowledge Center is a useful source for state data and performance indicators.

Massachusetts State and Regional Policy Resources

City/Urban Area Policy Resources

Massachusetts City Policy Resources