Informing Public Policy
Everyone has an opinion. Anyone can make a survey. But when it comes to identifying and addressing data gaps and getting decision-makers the credible, unbiased research findings they need to set policy that leaves no one behind, Gallup is a category of one.
Inform Thought Leadership and Evidence-Based Policymaking
Evidence-based policymaking requires just that -- credible evidence and changemakers who know what to do with it.
At Gallup, we are committed to discovering what people around the world think, feel and believe and helping government and multilateral leaders use our discoveries to change lives.
Our data are routinely used to shape U.S.-based and global policy.
"If democracy is supposed to be about the will of the people, someone should find out what that will is."
George Gallup (1901-1984)
Gallup Provides the Official Statistics for the World's Most Pressing Development Goals
We are committed to developing indicators to measure key global development and social responsibility issues across time -- including those monitored by the U.N. sustainable development goals (SDGs) -- because we know that consistent and reliable data are crucial for holding ourselves and leaders accountable to our goals to make the world a better place.
Law and Order Research Center
Used for Law and Order (SDG 16)
Allows world leaders to compare each country's progress (including their own) toward reaching the United Nations' goal of building a more peaceful and secure world.
The Global Slavery Index
Uncovers the number of people across the globe who are affected by modern slavery in order to meet the goal of ending modern slavery in our generation.
Used for Financial Inclusion (SDG 8.10.2)
Tracks how the world saves, borrows, pays and manages risk with the most comprehensive database on financial inclusion.
Food Insecurity Experience Scale
Used for Zero Hunger (SDG 2)
Measures the amount of people worldwide who suffer from hunger, to make progress on ensuring the human right to adequate food.
How Does Research Influence Policy Decisions?
We help elevate the voices of constituents around the world so leaders can make informed decisions about how to improve people's lives.
Tulsa Uses CitiVoice Index for a Thriving City
In 2018, the City of Tulsa partnered with Gallup to develop and conduct a first-of-its-kind citywide survey to measure access to basic needs and services, effectiveness of community policing, trust in local institutions, housing affordability and other key dimensions.
Working with the Community Indicators Working Group (comprising officials from city departments, philanthropic leaders, public health experts and other representatives), Gallup designed and implemented the CitiVoice Index.
The resulting report, widely cited in local and national media and called "a smart approach to governance" by Tulsa World's editorial board, is impacting city governance in several ways, including:
- informing decision-making moving forward and measuring progress on key goals
- further expanding community policing efforts based on the perceptions of safety and interactions with police
- targeting the areas reporting the most road issues in its capital improvement projects
- developing an affordable housing strategy to address the problem of evictions and homelessness
- addressing food deserts with a healthy neighborhood land use overlay to encourage retailers to provide fresh fruits and vegetables
Gallup Launches Center on Black Voices
Gallup launched the Center on Black Voices to fill the need for an independent, nonpartisan research center that documents and reports how Black Americans experience their lives.
Follow the work of this 100-year commitment as Gallup researchers and experts uncover findings to inform efforts around building a more equitable and inclusive society.
Confidence in News Media and Democracy: Knight Foundation Leads National Conversation
As the informational landscape has rapidly transformed, the stakes could not be higher for the ongoing work of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to understand perceptions of media, technology and freedom of expression in the digital age. Their report Techlash? America's Growing Concern With Major Technology Companies was recently cited in congressional testimony before the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce at the U.S. House hearing "A Country in Crisis: How Disinformation Online Is Dividing the Nation."
West Health Shapes the Debate on Healthcare Costs
West Health has been working toward its mission of lowering healthcare costs for seniors since 2006. As the healthcare crisis in the U.S. continues to burden Americans with physical, psychological, financial and economic challenges, the organization found a way to amplify its mission and give both the public and policymakers a fuller understanding of the true cost of the crisis.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cited West Health's research findings in a House session on Dec. 12, 2019, including that 58 million Americans couldn't afford to fill a prescription they needed to stay healthy in the past year.
Information Made Useful to Policymakers
No one reaches as many people or asks as many questions as we do. Learn how we partner with mission-driven organizations across the public, social and philanthropic sectors to fill data gaps, take the pulse of the world, and generate new insights that leaders and policymakers need to hear.
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