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CPSY 715 - Life Span Development: Finding Policy Briefs

Where to find policy briefs from think tanks, research institutions, and Congress & other governmental sources

Policy Research Organizations

There are many thousands of organizations in the U.S. (and internationally) that provide research on public policy issues.  Types include:

  • Government agencies (executive and legislative branches)
  • Nonprofit research organizations
  • Advocacy groups
  • Trade associations

Your challenge is to think critically about these sources, identify potential biases, use them to identify additional research, and generally separate the wheat from the chaff.

When searching, use topical terms: (not "psychological development," but "aspergers syndrome" or "children AND homelessness" or "older people AND cognition").

Search Think Tank Websites

Harvard Kennedy School: Library

Minnesota Sources

A Sample of National Research Organizations

U. S. Government-related Research

ERIC (The education database)