Policy Research: Evaluating Policy Impact

Get Started Evaluating

As discussed on the What is Policy? page, public policy is circular. As such, any evaluation of a policy's impact will need to reflect this circular nature. Look for:

  • resources produced by advocacy organizations, think tanks, and watchdog groups. These may provide detailed analysis of policies and their impacts.
  • Evaluative reports and statistics produced by government bodies that may have analyzed policy; and, finally,
  • scholarly articles reporting research on policies, their impact, and implementations.

Advocacy Search Engines

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Scholarly Articles

LiberGov Search

LiberGov Search is a custom Google Search created by Stanford University Libraries. It searches freely available, public domain government information from legislative and legislators' websites, social media accounts, NGOs, and news sources. For a full list of its contents visit LiberGov's documentation.