We encourage the free, attributed use of the data collected as part of the Pennsylvania Policy Database Project for publications, instructional use, for policy analysis, and for other non-commercial purposes.
We prefer that our data, when used, is cited in one of the following two ways. When included in a reference section:
J. McLaughlin, P. Wolfgang, J.W. Leckrone, J. Gollob, J. Bossie, J. Jennings, and M. Atherton. 2010. “The Pennsylvania Policy Database Project: A Model for Comparative Analysis.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly, 10:320-36.
When cited in a note regarding the source of the data, please include the following along with the date the data was accessed:
Pennsylvania Policy Database Project, Principal Investigator Joseph P. McLaughlin, Temple University.
Please see below for information regarding our data and how we collect it.
About the Datasets
- Hearings (both House and Senate)
- Governing Magazine
- Newspaper Clips
- Bills, Resolutions and Laws
- Legislative Agency Service Reports
- Governor’s Budget Address
- Executive Orders
- Supreme Court
- Most Important Problem
- Total Spending All Funds
- General Fund Balance
How to access the data
- Download the User Guide
- Using the data analysis tool – a tutorial - an example
- Downloading our Datasets
If you would like to download our datasets to perform your own analysis, please follow the instructions below for downloading files into MS Excel.
- Access ‘Data Analysis Tool‘ from our Homepage.
- The top part of the tool there is a list of datasets, select the dataset you are interested in downloading. Once selected filter options will appear, but do not change anything if you want the entire dataset.
- Scroll down past the policy topics section, not changing anything (unless you want to limit the policy areas)
- At the bottom you can select the years you are interested in. If you want them all, do not change anything.
- Click ‘Search’ at the bottom right
- Just above the graph that will appear on the next page there will be a link saying “All topic _DatasetSelected_”, click it.
- An .xlsx file will begin to download, which will open in MS Excel.
Information about how we collect and code the data