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Research and Advisory Services

Network Science Initiative

NSI conducts deep research on people and organizations, maps the connections among them, and illuminates viable pathways to exerting influence.

  • Discover emerging power centers and quiet voices within policy debates using NSI’s hand-curated datasets and analyses of key influencers’ expertise and connectivity.
  • Visualize the relationships among key influencers and policy communities and how those connections can shape policy.
  • Integrate NSI’s findings with internal expertise to develop an actionable engagement strategy. To facilitate these conversations, NSI provides executive summaries, white-label presentations intended for client stakeholders, and on-site presentations.

Our expertise is based on the application of network science, which uses rigorous methodology to understand people relationships, and the experience that comes from serving more than 50 of Washington’s leading organizations.

Download a summary of NSI’s Midterms 2018 Report to gain a deeper understanding of the candidates, what (and who) drives their policy making decisions, and how the results could set the stage for the next two years and beyond.

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Ballast Research

How do leading companies and associations know—and prove —that their advocacy is effective? Ballast Research answers this question through research and insights culled directly from federal and state policymakers.

  • Validate your advocacy strategy using Ballast’s data from senior policymakers that provide feedback on what advocacy strategies work and which ones don’t.
  • Demonstrate your advocacy’s ROI with Ballast’s Policy Brand Index service, which measures your reputation and advocacy investments over time.

Our expertise is advising government affairs leaders with exclusive research on brand reputation and advocacy strategy.

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