Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Maps & Directions

Research

Overview

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

Where are the Women?

Our latest fact sheet shows women are still underrepresented in the Massachusetts Legislature. Women make up 24.5% of all state legislators, nearly a 4% decrease from 2009. Read More 

Interested in a research Internship?

Research Interns make significant contributions to current projects related to women's political leadership and policy issues that matter to women. They also help get new initiatives off the ground. Click here to learn more about this opportunity. Read More 

Want to learn more about our research services?

The center’s Research Department offers a variety of research services to meet the diverse and changing needs of nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Read More