Following the summer 2012 release of two new datasets, Policy Moods and Encyclopedia of Associations, the Policy Agendas Project is now current to most available primary source material. Project datasets have been updated with observations from the following years:
- Congressional Hearings (1946-2010)
- Most Important Problem (1946-2012)
- CQ Almanac (1948-2011)
- Public Laws (1948-2011)
- Executive Orders (1945-2012)
- Supreme Court Cases (1944-2009)
The Project is currently developing a web application for researchers utilizing Policy Moods data through collaboration with Jim Stimson and Frank Baumgartner (UNC Chapel Hill). The new tool will enable users to build custom data series from the full set of Policy Agendas categorized survey questions and is expected to be released later this spring.
In addition, the Project’s Topics Codebook now includes an overview of coding guidelines and procedures. Future updates to the Roll Call Votes, New York Times, and Budget datasets are expected this summer.