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Commonwealth Data Point: Transparency at Work in Virginia,

Commonwealth of Virginia

Commonwealth Data Point is an excellent tool for understanding the basic implementation of financial expenditures. Find out budget data, or what was purchased on the state credit card. The website also provides demographic data, such as university enrollment and food stamp use. While browsing the website, you may want to consider how state and local governments implement policy decisions. What changes could you make to policy or spending practices?

Virginia Performs: Measuring What Matters to Virginians,

Commonwealth of Virginia

Virginia Performs is part of Virginia's open government initiative. The website includes information on Virginia's progress in areas such as health, education, and transportation. For example, users can find information on high school graduation rates in Virginia and surrounding states. The website also includes information on government initiatives to increase high school graduation rates. Questions to consider include: What is the role of state and local government? How are policy decisions implemented at a state and local level?

Basic Waste Management Fact Sheet,

Joe LaRocco

This document contains basic facts about solid waste management in Virginia written by Joe LaRocco. These facts include the amount of waste produced by one person every day to landfills,the importance of recycling, and how solid waste is…

Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2009 (Excerpt) ,

US House of Representatives

The Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2009 is a more recently introduced bill to try to extend federal recognition to six Indian tribes in Virginia (the Chickahominy Tribe, the Chickahomin Tribe Eastern…

CDC Maps of Obesity Trends,

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

These maps show the United States obesity prevalence from 1985 through 2008. Obesity rates have been rising dramatically during that period. What are the causes of this rise in obesity? What should the government's role be in this public health…

Virginia Obesity Rates - CDC graph,

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

These graphs reflect growing trends in the "obesity epidemic" taking place in Virginia and other areas of the United States. The data was compiled by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a government department.

What are some…

Prince William County Comprehensive Plan,

Prince William County Planning Office

"A comprehensive plan is a general guide to the location, character, and extent of proposed or anticipated land use, including public facilities." The Prince William County Comprehensive Plan offers a five-year snapshot of land use decisions. These…

Prince William County Planning,

Prince William County Planning Office

The official website of the Prince William County Planning Office provides a wealth of real-life examples of public policy formation and implementation.

Creating public policy is a long process, and a number of groups have an impact on…

Virginia Council on Indians: Resources,

Virginia Council on Indians

The Virginia Council on Indians (VCI) is a state advisory board to the Governor and the General Assembly. Some Council activities include conducting research, making recommendations regarding issues such as tribal recognition, and promoting education about Virginia's Indian tribes. This resource page provides links to such websites as the American Indian Studies department at Virginia Tech, as well as pdf downloads of teaching materials. Don't miss the rest of the VCI website, where there's information about Native Americans in Virginia, tracing your genealogy, and state recognition of Indian tribes. This website is also a great resource for anyone looking for an example of the implementation of public policy.

Military Recruiting on Campus: Amendment to the "No Child Left Behind Act",

U.S. Senate

The federal "No Child Left Behind" Act was created to ensure equal quality of education for all students. One frequent problem in education is the "achievement gap" between students from different backgrounds. Some examples of this include: low…