Washington Area Policy

The Center for Washington Area Studies (CWAS) is part of GWIPP and undertakes and promotes policy research directly relevant to the District of Columbia and the Washington metropolitan area.

Current and recent research carried out at CWAS include:

  • an analysis of the factors that affect the economic competitiveness of the District of Columbia
  • a comparison of bicycling policies in three area counties
  • an analysis of the commercial property market in the District
  • a study of the policy impact of the District’s lack of representation in Congress
  • two studies comparing Washington, D.C. to other nations' capitals
  • an examination of the infrastructure needs of the District of Columbia.

Aside from the research carried out at CWAS, the center also supports efforts by GW faculty to seek external funding for research that is on the Washington region or inclusive of the Washington region in general research.  For example, CWAS participates in the Shapiro Policy Research Scholar Program by funding a scholar doing Washington-relevant research.

Completed Projects

Economic Competitiveness of Washington, DC and the Region

June 01, 2008

Funding:  District of Columbia Office of Revenue Analysis

The Determinants of Residential Employment: A Literature Review

June 01, 2008

Funding:  District of Columbia Office of Revenue Analysis

Economic Competitiveness and the Determinants of Sub-National Economic Activity: A Literature Review

June 01, 2008

Funding:  District of Columbia Office of Revenue Analysis

Promoting Bicycling in Three Metropolitan Washington Counties

August 01, 2005

Funding: Active Living Research, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Thin the Soup or Shorten the Line: Choices Facing Washington Area Nonprofits

November 01, 2003

Funding: Fannie Mae Foundation

Maximizing Collaboration Among 2-1-1 Systems in the Greater Washington Region

December 01, 2002

Funding:  Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington

A Baseline for a Shared Understanding of Information and Referral in the Greater Washington Region

October 01, 2002

Funding:  Community Capacity Fund of Washington Grantmakers