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PUBPOL 807: MPP Master's Projects: Selected Topics

resources for thorough literature reviews


Sage Research Methods - Good resource for getting a better understanding of research methods and concepts.

Bookings Institution

RAND Corporation


ERIC (education Resources Information Center) - ERIC is an online library of education research and information, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

National Center for Education Statistics - The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) collects, analyzes and makes available data related to education in the U.S. and other nations.

NC Education Data Center (Duke Center for Child and Family Policy - North Carolina Education Research Data Center (NCERDC) ... available to university researchers and nonprofit research institutions and government agencies.

National Institute for Early Education Research - NIEER conducts academic research to inform policy supporting high-quality, early education for all young children.

World Bank: Education - Education data and research produced by the World Bank.


Centers for Disease Control - As the nation's health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health, safety, and security threats.

World Health Organization - WHO's primary role is to direct international health within the United Nations' system and to lead partners in global health responses.

Kaiser Family Foundation - The Kaiser Family Foundation website provides in-depth information on key health policy issues including Medicaid, Medicare, health reform, and global health.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health.  They've supported research and programs targeting some of America’s most pressing health issues—from substance abuse to improving access to quality health care.

The Commonwealth Fund - promotes a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable by funding independent research onf health care issues.

Network for Excellence in Health Innovation - NEHI (Network for Excellence in Health Innovation) is dedicated to identifying innovations that improve the quality and lower the costs of health care.

Health Data (Princeton University Library) - Detailed listing of datasets and statistical reports for topics related to health.

Internet Resources and Books (Ohio University) - Great overview of useful web sites and materials for health policy research.


World Bank: Research and Publications - get access to research conducted by the World Bank.  Many reports are accompanied by data.

World Bank: Open Data - get access to thousands of indicators disseminated by the World Bank.  Data are generally country level and are collected over time.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development - OECD conducts and sponsors research largely focused on OECD countries, but on occasion of a more global nature.

Research (United Nations) - get access to research conducted or sponsored by the United Nations, along with documents and data.

Quality of Government Institute - QoG conducts research on issues related to governance.  They also disseminate a dataset containing country-level data gathered froma wide variety of publicly available data sources.  A good first stop if you want to know if data exists for a subject.

National Security

Defense Technical Information Center - citation database of research related to defense and national security issues.

RAND Corporation - Nonprofit institution that conducts research to improve policy and decisionmaking.  Conducts research on a wide variety of issues but does have a focus on national security.

Center for Strategic and International Studies - The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a bipartisan, nonprofit policy research organization dedicated to providing strategic insights and policy solutions to help decisionmakers chart a course toward a better world.

Council on Foreign Relations - The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher.  They publish Foreign Affairs magazine.

Center for Security Studies (ETH Zurich) - The CSS maintains an online library of open source books, articles, and other materials focused on security issues.

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments - Think tank that provides detailed reports on national security, military strategy, and financial issues that directly impact national security strategy and the military.

The Correlates of War Project - COW seeks to facilitate the collection, dissemination, and use of accurate and reliable quantitative data in international relations.

Integrated Network for Societal Conflict Research - Established to coordinate and integrate information resources produced by the Center for Systemic Peace.  Produces several important datasets including the Polity IV data series.

The Hudson Institute - Founded in 1961 by strategist Herman Kahn, Hudson Institute challenges conventional thinking and helps manage strategic transitions to the future through interdisciplinary studies in defense, international relations, economics, health care, technology, culture, and law.

State and Local Issues

National Conference of State Legislatures - News, current events, information and analyisis to support state legislatures. Bipartisan case studies on important issues facing state governments.

National Governors Association - The National Governors Association (NGA) is the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors. and it facilitates, sharing of best practices, policy development, and Federal-state relations.

National Academy for State Health Policy - This organization disseminates information to assist states with the implementation of programs centered on health care.

The Urban Institute - The Urban Institute conducts research on a wide variety of topics related to public policy.  Once central interest of this organization is state and local issues.