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Social Work: Public Policy: Policy Analysis

Policy information can come from many different types of sources. We've compiled a few for your benefit.

For Social Workers

Find information about current policies and opportunites for advocacy at:


Thanks to Jane Morris at Boston College for graciously letting us adapt her guide.

Collections of Policy Research

Foundations, think tanks, and research institutions provide a huge volume of analysis and research covering public policy issues.


Keep in mind: Many of these institutions do have stated or unstated ideological biases. Documents from these sources are still useful, provided you understand and interrogate the organizations' histories. Try checking "About Us" pages on the site of individual orgs, and see what else they are producing.

Overviews of Current Issues

A Selection of Individual Policy Research Centers, Institutes, & Think Tanks

Other Useful Guides

Depending on your focus, some of our other Research Guides may be helpful.  The links below will take you to the best page in each guide to start looking for statistics.