Research & Resources

The Alliance for Congress works with people and organizations who believe in good government and seek to champion improvements that will better equip Congress to deliver results for the public. Our work is driven by engagement with members of Congress, staff and constituents, and by research that uses data and evidence to explain why Congress matters and how it can work better.

This library contains resources and information relevant for lawmakers, staff, media, researchers, federal agencies and others working to improve the institution of Congress.  

We work with our allies within the Alliance for Congress Research Network to generate and promote new and meaningful research designed to better understand and address issues related to congressional functionality. Through this network, we share timely and relevant research initiatives and findings, partner on projects, provide insights and hold meaningful discussions on how Congress works and how it could improve to better serve our diverse nation. The network is a resource for scholars and research institutions, and a platform for all interested parties to discuss challenges facing the institution, propose forward-looking solutions and set a course toward a more effective Congress.

For more information about our research network, the Alliance’s research and that of our allies, please contact Chayenne Polimedio at [email protected].

Research
A Block Schedule Could Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 in Congress

The Bipartisan Policy Center found that using data modeling to tailor a block schedule to Members’ committee assignments could reduce scheduling conflicts by as much as 86%. An intelligent, optimized schedule could also be adapted to other purposes; BPC adjusted its model to instead aim to reduce member-to-member interaction during COVID-19 and found that this…

Read more at Bipartisan Policy Center's Website  
2019 House of Representatives Compensation and Diversity Study Report: House Overall Results

This report summarizes the results of a compensation, benefits, and demographics survey administered from July 9, 2019 – July 26, 2019 for the U.S. House of Representatives. In accordance with the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Legislative Branch report and the House Rules for the 116th Congress, the U.S. House of Representatives conducted a study of…

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Racial Diversity Among Top House Staff

This report provides empirical evidence regarding the lack of racial diversity among top staff in the U.S. House of Representatives. This report defines top staff (or “key” or “senior” staff) to include: chiefs of staff, legislative directors, and communications directors in the Washington, DC personal offices of the U.S. House Members; chiefs of staff, policy…

Read more at Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies' Website  
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State of the Congress: Staff Perspectives on Institutional Capacity in the House and Senate

“State of the Congress” focuses primarily on the resource and operational challenges congressional staff have been facing over the past few decades and provides a context for them. It offers new insight into the roots of current congressional dysfunction and paths toward pragmatic reforms to strengthen Congress and American democracy.

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Should the House Follow Its Own Rules?

Although the House of Representatives adopts rules on the first day of each new Congress, the Chamber frequently votes to waive the rules, effectively circumventing “regular order”—the textbook description of the legislative process and perpetuating legislative dysfunction. To limit waivers, the House could consider two ways to reform: simply returning to regular order or requiring…

Read more at The Congressional Institute's Website