Resources for Policy Makers and Advocates

The WFRN provides information and expertise to those crafting legislation, those seeking to create change in their communities, and others interested in increasing public awareness, such as journalists.

If you are seeking solid and reliable information, you can locate a wealth of content on the website by examining Resources in the main menu bar.  Located to the right of this page is a search function that helps policy advocates and other interested stakeholders retrieve publications that focus on specific topics or concerns.  Rather than sifting through all of the resources that are available, the search function provides a means of filtering information.

If you are searching for a specific term, such as, “family leave”, enter that in the “Search Terms” box.  Alternately, a more capacious search can be performed by leaving the Search Terms box empty and selecting from a broad set of topics, such as, “Scheduling, Leave and Flexible Work.”  The search can be further narrowed by limiting the retrieval to pages classified as being of value to particular Stakeholder Groups, such as policy makers and advocates.

Sometimes advocates do not know the specific information they need, but they know the types of information that might potentially be of value. Below are some resources  that may be of particular interest.

Policies, Laws and Legislation

The WFRN provides summaries of laws as they exist in different countries and at the state level within the United States.  These summaries can be found here. 

Policy Briefs

Summaries of specific types of policies, such as family leave, can be found here.

Locate an Expert

Members of the WFRN are recognized leaders in the research community and are often times interested in being interviewed or consulted.  Links to our directory of experts can be found here.

Statistics and Fact Sheets

The Statistics Database and Fact Sheets were created to help academics, leaders at the workplace, and state policy makers access quality statistics on work and family issues.  These resources can be found here. 


Our encyclopedia summarizes concepts, their relevance to work-family studies, the state of knowledge, and implications for research and practice.  It can be found here.


Terminology from A to Z is defined here.