Government performance

Pew’s work is designed to encourage efficient, responsive governments serving the best interests of the people. Our projects cover a range of policy issues including revenue and spending, family economic stability and mobility, election administration, health, public safety, retirement security, and consumer financial protection.

State Policy

In 1994 Pew began working on a robust research portfolio examining state policy, including landmark reports on education, state prisons and election administration. Through our non-partisan reporting and research, advocacy, and technical assistance we help cities and states deliver better results by investing in programs that provide the strongest returns. State issues matter: State spending accounts for four percent of the nation’s total economic output, and states provide about one-third of their local governments’ budgets.


Based on research and critical analysis, Pew seeks to improve the health and well-being of all Americans. Today Pew focuses on a wide array of challenges, from serving healthy foods to schoolchildren and increasing access to the dental care they receive, to the safety of the food supply and effectiveness of drugs and medical devices, to the high cost of specialty drugs, the prevention of prescription painkiller overdoses and the development of new antibiotics.

Consumer Financial Security

Financial products and services are crucial to helping millions of Americans spend, save, borrow, and invest. But many of these products contain hidden risks that can increase debt, drain savings, and damage credit. Pew works to ensure that the financial products consumers use every day, including checking accounts, credit cards, prepaid cards and small dollar loans, are safe, fair, and transparent.

Fiscal and Economic Policy

Long-term fiscal and economic stability at the federal, state, and local levels has an outsized impact on whether government can efficiently and effectively deliver services. Pew helps legislators and public officials work toward this goal by sharing information, providing data-driven analyses, promoting evidence-based policies and practices, highlighting best practices, and providing technical assistance.

Media Contact

Jeremy Ratner

Director, Communications