Policy Studies and Reports

Our policy work is conducted through the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Each year, more than 6,000 experts—including members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine—volunteer their time to serve on hundreds of study committees that examine some of society’s most pressing issues. The reports that result from their efforts  often form the basis of public policy for decades to come. In addition, members of standing committees and roundtables provide ongoing advice and guidance on a range of issues.

The following resources provide information about current studies and reports issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine:

  • The National Academies’ Web Site: Provides a wealth of information about activities across the institution, including information about newly released reports.
  • National Academies Press (NAP): Publisher for the Academies; offers print copies of reports and other material for sale and provides PDF files of reports free of charge.

Study Process
National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine reports are viewed as being valuable and credible because of the institution’s reputation for providing independent, objective, and nonpartisan advice with high standards of scientific and technical quality. Checks and balances are applied at every step in the study process to protect the integrity of the reports and to maintain public confidence in them. Learn more about the study process.