Explore the following websites.  Consider a policy area or issue that interests you (e.g., healthcare policy, economic policy, etc…).  When you have gone through each website and have notes regarding your chosen policy area/issue, post a summary of your notes here in the Discussion.

 

Go to the Urban Institute - http://www.urban.org (Links to an external site.)  

Put your cursor over the Research tab, and then select a policy area that interests you. Take notes.  From the top of the page, click on Policy Centers and see if you can find more information about your policy topic. Take notes.

 

Go to the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center - https://www.belfercenter.org/ (Links to an external site.)

Click on Research from the top tab, then Topics. Choose a policy area (try to examine the same type of policy from the Urban Institute). Take notes.  Click on Publications, then Reports and Papers. You can type in your type of policy in the search section – read through a study that is relevant.  Take notes.

 

Go to the American Enterprise Institute for PP Research - http://www.aei.org (Links to an external site.)

Click on Policy Areas from the top tab and choose a policy area (try to examine the same type of policy again). Take notes.  Click on Research Products (top tab) and read through any studies that are relevant.  Take notes.

 

Go to the Brookings Institute - https://www.brookings.edu/ (Links to an external site.)

On the right-hand side, 2nd row of tabs, click on More.  Click on your policy issue area. Take notes.

 

Go to the Economic Policy Institute – http://www.epi.org (Links to an external site.)

Click on Areas of Research from the top tab – then click on your policy issue. Take notes.  Click on Publications from the top tab. See if there are any additional reports that are useful for learning more about your policy area.  Take notes.

 

Check out the Rand Corporation - http://www.rand.org (Links to an external site.)

Put your cursor over Research  – one of the top tabs. Check out your policy issue. Take notes.  Put your cursor over Research, then Trending Topics, then Browse Reports. See if there are any additional reports that are useful for learning more about your policy area.  Take notes. 

 

Check out the CATO Institute - http://www.cato.org (Links to an external site.)

Click on Research and choose your policy issue.  Then click on Publications and then click on Policy Studies. Find your policy issue. Take notes.

 

Go to the Center for American Progress - https://www.americanprogress.org/ (Links to an external site.)

Put your cursor over Issues and click on your policy issue. Scan the Issue Briefs, Podcasts, Columns and choose one to read/listen. Take notes.

Reminders:

  • Postings should be a minimum of two to three paragraphs (300-400 words) that clearly convey your intended meaning.
  • Your responses to at least two colleagues should be substantive (100 to 200 words) that further enhance the discussion, not just agree or disagree.
  • You must post/respond on different days throughout the week.
  • You should aim to be precise in your presentations of others’ ideas (i.e., include sources in APA format)