Social Policy

Westat addresses a range of social services issues by program evaluations and reviews, providing policymakers with up-to-date analysis and performance material on meeting the needs of special populations.

Follow the links below to find sample projects in each area.


The scope and complexity of aging-related research requires interdisciplinary collaboration to understand the special problems and needs of older populations. Westat's experienced partnership with government agencies and private entities has resulted in valuable and far-ranging information resources, from survey data to analyses, that support basic research and influence policy.

Children & Families

Westat has extensive experience with child welfare and family preservation programs, studies that deal with child abuse and neglect, foster care, and general family functioning.

Criminal Justice

Westat conducts research on issues related to juvenile delinquency, child abuse and neglect, and victims of violent crime.


Westat studies the problem of homelessness from a variety of perspectives—causes, interventions, transitioning to homes, and funding for services.


Westat helps our clients select and implement effective housing programs, including public housing, services for special-needs populations, community revitalization, and home ownership.

Human Trafficking Prevention

Our studies measure the number of missing, abused, and exploited children; evaluate the effectiveness of programs that remove children from exploitive situations; and assess methods that combat international trafficking of persons of all ages.