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Welcome to PolicyAtlas
the user-contributed encyclopedia of public policy ideas.

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Welcome to PolicyAtlas
the user-contributed encyclopedia of public policy ideas.

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Project Objectives

PolicyAtlas is a non-partisan project to develop a user-contributed encyclopedia of public policy solutions. The goal of PolicyAtlas is to improve the information available to all levels of public policymakers, thereby leading to the adoption and design of superior public policies and better lives for all who are governed. More information can be found on our About page.

Ultimately, PolicyAtlas seeks to become the world's most useful and widely available reference for public policy. Relying on policy students and volunteer wiki editors, PolicyAtlas is the first attempt at a policy “catalog,” or an organized gateway through which policymakers would identify policy solutions that meet their goals and find links to more information about them. PolicyAtlas is organized by policy area (e.g., "Education policy") and goals within that public policy area (e.g., "Policies to increase student attendance rates"). A sample policy can be found on the Driverless car allowances page.

If you are a policy student or professor who is interested in incorporating the submission of a PolicyAtlas entry into your course curriculum, please visit our Student Learning Module page and send us an email.

Content on PolicyAtlas

To learn more about the content on PolicyAtlas, you can browse:

  • Adopters: an explanation of how each policy is associated with specific governments that have adopted it.
  • Goals: an explanation of how each policy is catalogued based on the goals that they might seek to fulfill.
  • Policy Types: a list of the types of policies catalogued on PolicyAtlas.
  • PolicyGraphics: a list of certain types of features by which each policy is classified.
  • Stakeholders: an explanation and list of how each policy is associated with its likely supporters and opponents.

Get Involved

If you'd like to get started as a PolicyAtlas contributor, make sure to:

  1. Log-in or create an account
  2. Adopt a policy.
  3. Read about how to contribute a policy and start sharing!

You can also email us with any questions, and make sure to visit our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.