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Utilizing a Comparative Policy Resource from the WORLD Policy Analysis Center Covering Constitutional Rights, Laws, and Policies across 193 Countries for Outcome Analysis, Monitoring, and Accountability
Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice  (IF2.081),  Pub Date : 2021-03-16, DOI: 10.1080/13876988.2021.1894073
Amy Raub, Aleta Sprague, Willetta Waisath, Arijit Nandi, Efe Atabay, Ilona Vincent, Gonzalo Moreno, Alison Earle, Nicholas Perry, Jody Heymann


Historically, a lack of comparable data on the laws and policies that shape health, education, poverty, and other outcomes has hindered researchers’ ability to provide rigorous evidence on the effectiveness of different policy designs. This article describes public-use downloadable data built by the WORLD Policy Analysis Center to fill this gap. Over 2,000 quantitatively comparable measures of national laws and policies across 193 countries were assembled. This open-access data source provides a tool for monitoring the adoption of evidence-based laws and policies, identifying policy gaps, and rigorously evaluating how policies shape outcomes across different regions and socioeconomic contexts.