Social Policy

We evaluate the fit and function of a variety of social services available to Americans. From children and families to marginalized populations, Westat’s work informs social policy.

Improving lives through social change and public programs

Aging Populations

By 2030, there will be more than 72 million people over the age of 65 in the U.S., more than twice their number in 2000. Westat’s partnerships with government agencies and private entities…

Children & Families

Do programs reach their goals to protect and strengthen families? Westat has extensive experience with child welfare and family preservation programs, studies on child abuse and neglect…

Criminal Justice

Juvenile delinquency. Victimization. Sexual assault. Probation. Parole. These are tough topics that require hard statistics. Westat conducts research on crime characteristics and trends…

Economics

Westat economics research provides hard data for economic policymakers and business people. Our projects include economic empowerment for veterans, marketing to special populations…

Employment

Issues regarding employment, from both employer and employee perspectives, are complex and far reaching; hiring and recruitment, immigration compliance, training, health care…

Energy Consumption

Who are the major users of energy in America and what energy sources do they use? Our research plays a vital part in major studies that track energy consumption, evaluate energy…

Homelessness & Housing

Westat studies the problem of homelessness from a variety of perspectives, including causes, interventions, transitioning to homes, and funding for services. We help clients select…

Human Trafficking Prevention

Human trafficking is a crime of exploitation, with the majority of incidents exploiting victims for sex or forced labor. Westat studies measure the number of missing, abused, and exploited…

Military & Veteran Life

Many factors affect the everyday lives of active duty military personnel, veterans, and their families. Westat research supports the military’s human resource needs, including personnel…