A key source type for policy analysis is reports written by involved parties. Your strategy might be to think of as many players as possible who might write reports that would touch on your policy issue, for example:
Following are some strategies for finding annual reports.
Below is just a sampling of some of the types of government documents you can find using specialized search tools.
Use the filters in ProQuest Congressional to find
If your topic leads you into the Federal Register for Executive Orders or details of rules and fund allocation, this database does a better job of linking related documents than the free government web sites.
Go directly to a publication like the Budget of the United States, Public Laws, Senate Committe on Foreign Relations or just search. The filters let you narrow in helpful ways like, for example, by Government Author, Agency, Organization, or named person.
A great way to link related bills, hearings, testimonies, and public laws.
The U.S. government researches public policy programs and issues. The Congressional Research Service provides research and analysis to Congress and the Government Accountability Office analyzes the effectiveness of government programs.
Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports are not automatically made public. However, the library has hundreds of CRS reports on file, and various libraries and organizations are making a concerted effort to collect and digitize as many CRS reports as possible.
Government Accountability Office reports are available both through the library or online.
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