Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Jeff Unsicker


This paper focuses on a case study of Child Trends, a non-profit non-partisan research organization and examines the connection between research and policy. All information was obtained through informal interviews and observations. The focus is on the role of research in three projects from the beginning of policy advocacy to the end of implementation of policy. The differences between advocacy and lobbying are examined, as well as the limitations of a non-partisan research organization in policy advocacy.


Politics and Social Change | Quantitative, Qualitative, Comparative, and Historical Methodologies