Public Policy Resources
Law Sources Online (See ALSO)
- "The purpose of
ALSO! is to provide a comprehensive, uniform, and useful compilation of links
to all on-line sources of American law that are available without charge.
This site contains additional links to sources of commentary and practice
aids that are available without charge (or available at a reasonable charge
from governmental and nonprofit providers)."
Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy Studies at Northwestern
- Full texts of some of
their publications are available online in the following categories: Annenberg
Washington Program Annual Reports - Communications Technology, the U.S. Political
Process, and the Legal System - International Media and Telecommunications
- Communications, Health Care, and Social Issues.
for Public Integrity
- "Called a 'watchdog
in the corridors of power' by National Journal. The Center's mission
is to provide the American public with the findings of its investigations
and analyses of public service, government accountability, and ethics-related
issues." Includes the The
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
for Responsive Politics
- Follow the money. "The
Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan, non-profit research group
based in Washington, D.C. that specializes in the study of Congress and particularly
the role that money plays in its elections and actions. The Center conducts
computer-based research on campaign finance issues for the news media, academics,
activists, and other interested observers of Congress. The Center's work is
aimed at creating a more involved citizenry and a more responsive Congress."
Policy and Practice - Benton Foundation
- Sample contents: Telecommunications
Act of 1996 Page which "documents the development, passage and implementation
of this historic legislation," The Regulation Page which "tracks
government regulation of media and communications industries" and The
Policy Toolkit and a huge library of documents in Education - Health - Industry
- Libraries and the NII - NII development and implementation - Regulation
and legislation - Strategic communications - Television - Universal service.
- Corporate Watch is designed
to provide journalists, activists and policy makers around the world with
up to date information and analysis on social, ecological and economic impacts
of transnational corporations.
- Many think tanks and
research organizations are affiliated with the EPN. The site has generously
hyperlinked background information in Media Old & New, Education, Welfare
& Families, Health Policy, and Civic Participation. One especially useful
resource for journalists are the "EPN Briefing Books. Immerse yourself
in such timely issues as Campaign Finance Reform and the Balanced Budget Amendment
and The Civil Society Debate with EPN's briefing books––online compendia of
the best in news and reports on individual policy issues from the EPN and
- Public Opinion Surveys
and Research Instruments - Eurobarometer Surveys on Opinions and Attitudes
of Europeans - Europinion European Continuous Tracking Survey - Top Decision
Makers Survey - Central and Eastern Eurobarometer - Eurobarometer data Public
Social Science Data Archives.
of War & Peace Reporting
- The Institute focuses
on the Balkans, the Caucasus and other areas in Eastern Europe and the former
Soviet Union. The central aim is to support media development through practical
assistance and concrete journalistic projects. Contents include: Balkan Crisis
Reports, Yugoslav Media Monitoring, Caucasus Reporting, Hague Tribunal Update,
and Special Reports.
Behaviour in Post-Communist Societies" - Centre for the Study
of Public Policy
- Be patient,
connections to the U.K. can be very slow.
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. "To monitor trends in public
opinion in Central and East European societies the Paul Lazarsfeld Society,
Vienna, created the New Democracies Barometer (NDB) in 1991...The NDB annually
asks comparable questions of nationwide representative samples, and repeats
key questions regularly to see how much or how little behaviour and evaluations
change as people gain more experience of democracy and markets. There is a
common core of questions about: economic behaviour and expectations; political
evaluations; poverty; and such demographic measures as education, age and
Polling Offers Mixed Results: A Survey Methods Comparison
- This Pew Research Center
study compares online surveys to telephone surveys and discusses some possible
factors that may account for what sometimes turned out to be sharp differences.
Pew Research Center For the People and the Press
- "We are an independent
opinion research group that studies attitudes toward press, politics and public
policy issues. We are best known for regular national surveys that measure
public attentiveness to major news stories, and for our polling that charts
trends in values and fundamental political and social attitudes. We were the
Times Mirror Center for the People & the Press 1990-1995. We are now sponsored
by The Pew Charitable Trusts."
- "Policy.com showcases
leading research, opinions and events shaping public policy on dozens of issues
including education, technology and healthcare. Policy.com is non-partisan
and free to users.
Policy.com enjoys active participation by leading
think tanks, advocacy groups, businesses, policy analysts, professors and
other policy organizations both as content providers and as dedicated users
of the site."
Facts: Statistics and Public Opinion
- Statistics on media
usage, content industries and issues.
- International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
- Among the resources here:
Maps, facts and figures, reports, news releases and publications on the countries
(over 50) in which the ICRC is currently active. Issues and topics: Thematic
information covering issues such as antipersonnel mines, blinding weapons,
water and war. International Humanitarian Law: What it is, the texts, their
application and analysis, together with a special section for armed forces.
Access to the IHL database.
Science Research Network
- Social Science Research
Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science
research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each
of the social sciences. Categories:Accounting, Economics, Financial Economics,
Latin American, Legal Scholarship, and Litigation Support Network.
Tanks & Research Institutes
- A simple but extensive
list of research entities like the Brookings Institution and the Rand Corporation.
- Transactional Records
Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) "is a nonprofit organization at the Newhouse
School, Syracuse University, which helps reporters find and analyze data about
federal law enforcement agencies. It provides datasets on-line, on tape or
diskette (i.e., U.S. Justice Dept records, IRS records, etc.); performs research
on federal agencies for media; and provides training."
International and Transparency
International - USA Program
- "A non-governmental
organisation dedicated to increasing government accountability and curbing
both international and national corruption." Among the resources at these
Web sites are full texts of Working Papers and the "Corruption Perceptions
Index", a "poll of polls" measuring public views of the extent
of corruption in 85 countries
- Media conglomerates
covered by the Columbia Journalism Review with an article by Tom Goldstein,
dean of Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, and an updated list of ownership
corrections and comments for Journalism and Mass Communication Resources
February 11, 2003