Overton for policy and communications teams

Uncover opportunities to expand your institution’s reach and influence

Overton collects millions of policy documents and links them to the research, people and other policy documents that they quote or reference. You can quickly see where your institution’s research may be influencing or changing practice in the real world.

Track the policy mentions of your institution’s research on an ongoing basis

Spot emerging policy debates that your university could shape

Engage with organisations that are influencing real world policy to promote your institution’s research

See which of your researchers are best placed to engage with journalists and policymakers

Why Overton? 

We’re the world’s largest searchable policy database, typically returning 3x more data than similar products – we’re especially strong in the social sciences and clinical and translational medicine.

We track everything from white papers to think tank policy briefs to national clinical guidelines, and automatically find the references to your scholarly research, academics and other outputs. We look for the names of any researchers on expert panels, who are quoted in policy documents, who give evidence to committee hearings and more.

Importantly we also find the links between policy documents – often research is picked up by intermediaries like think tanks and agencies – giving you unparalleled insight into how your institution is engaging with policymakers.

What do you get?

  • Access to over 8M full text policy documents and guidelines from 29,000 organisations in 188 countries
  • Our powerful web interface which allows you to search full text, track specific DOIs, PMIDs & ISBNs or individual researchers and to get an overview of your institution’s policy activity
  • Friendly, responsive support from a team who are passionate about evidence-informed policy and the researchers driving it
  • Summary reports, Powerpoint slides and email alerts to stay on top of and quickly report on new policy that references your work
  • CSV exports, RSS feeds and API access to quickly bring the data into your own systems
  • The ability to request new sources of data to be tracked: we commit to quickly add up to 7 sources within 7 days for you each year
  • Site licence for institutional subscriptions

Our clients include

Plus several institutional clients across Asia Pacific, North America and Europe

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