Overton collects millions of policy documents and links them to the research, people and other policy documents that cite them. Overton is used by researchers to study the dynamics of real world policymaking and to track the impact of their own work on policy.
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We’re the world’s largest searchable policy database, typically returning 3x more data than similar products. Our platform is truly global, collecting policy documents from over 188 countries and dozens of different languages.
We then automatically find the references to your scholarly research and mentions of your academics by name. Importantly we also find the links between policy documents – often research is picked up by intermediaries like think tanks and agencies before being cited by other policy sources – giving you unparalleled insight into how your university is engaging with decision-makers.
We characterise a ‘policy document’ as a ‘publication written by or primarily for policymakers’. This means we track everything from white papers, draft bills and transcripts from governments to things like policy briefs from think tanks, working papers from central banks and even clinical guidelines from health agencies. This is a broad definition that gives a clearer picture of the way ideas and influence spread through different policy actors and sources.
Learn how evidence informs decisions. Discover the biggest collection of policy documents and hard to find grey literature. Track impact and evidence your institution’s influence. Overton brings transparency to policymaking.
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