State of Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Policy Database Project was built by faculty-supervised students at Temple University and five other universities with the support and cooperation of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  Also participating were students and faculty members at Pennsylvania State University, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg, and the University of Pennsylvania.

The  Project provides a free, online resource with access to more than 175,000 state and news media records and enables users to trace and analyze with a few mouse clicks the history of public policy in the Commonwealth since 1979.  Designed for easy use by educators, students, researchers, policy makers, news reporters, and the general public, it is the first comprehensive state policy database of its kind.

Pennsylvania Policy Database Project

To access the database please use the Data Analysis Tool.


How to access the data

Information about how we collect and code the data



Joseph P. McLaughlin, Jr., (PhD) is the principal investigator and director of the Pennsylvania Policy Database Project.

Jay Jennings is the project coordinator for the Pennsylvania Policy Database Project.

Michelle Atherton is assistant director of the Institute for Public Affairs and assistant project coordinator for the Pennsylvania Policy Database Project.

Paul Wolfgang  (PhD) is a faculty advisor for the Pennsylvania Policy Database Project and an Instructor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Temple University.

Ping Zhang is a graduate research assistant for the Pennsylvania Policy Database Project.


Contact Information:

Mailing Address
Anderson Hall 840
1114 West Berks Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122-6090

215 204 7765

[email protected]