In line with the center’s mission to conduct research that makes a difference in women's lives, our research department focuses on the political representation of women and a range of public policy issues that are important to women.

While the center’s research agenda is designed to be responsive to the circumstances and needs of women in Massachusetts and New England, many of the policy issues that guide its work have national significance.

Our research supports evidence-based public policy design and implementation. The research department offers a variety of research services to meet the diverse and changing needs of nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

Research Services

Center researchers work with staff at organizations and agencies to produce:

  • Commissioned research studies
  • Program evaluations
  • Policy briefs
  • Fact sheets

Research Methodologies

The center employs a wide range of methodological approaches from quantitative and qualitative analysis to mixed methods for both small- and large-scale projects. These include:

  • Surveys
  • Focus groups
  • In-depth, semi-structured interviews
  • Case studies
  • Statistical analyses of existing data