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PUBLIC POLICY: Organizations, Think Tanks, & Other Resources

Gray Literature

Gray/grey literature includes research literature published outside of the traditional academic methods (learn more about peer review process with this FAQ). Gray literature includes reports, working papers, government documents, white papers, and evaluations created by government and non-governmental agencies, organizations, think tanks, and working groups. 

Annenberg Public Policy Center: By conducting and disseminating research, staging conferences and hosting policy discussions, its scholars have addressed the role of communication in politics, science, adolescent behavior, child development, health care, suicide prevention, civics, and mental health, among other important areas. The center’s researchers have drafted materials that have helped policy makers, journalists, scholars, constituent groups and the general public better understand the role that media play in their lives and the life of the nation.

IssueLab (Foundation Center): Foundation Center‘s mission is to connect nonprofits and funders to the knowledge they need to do their jobs better and to deepen the impact of their efforts. Through IssueLab we support ongoing learning and research in the social sector, believing in the power of the sector’s collective intelligence and the importance of open and free access to that intelligence.

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Working Papers: New research by NBER affiliates, circulated for discussion and comment. The NBER distributes more than 1,200 working papers each year. These papers have not been peer reviewed. Papers issued more than 18 months ago are open access. 

United States Government Manual: As the official handbook of the Federal Government, The United States Government Manual provides information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees. 

U.S. Congressional Resources: The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. 

U.S. Supreme Court: Includes opinions, filings and rulings, oral arguments, case documents, and history about the Supreme Court and Justices. 

Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies: ISPS advances interdisciplinary research in the social sciences that aims to shape public policy and inform democratic deliberation.


U.S. Organizations & Think Tanks