High-impact policy news that doesn't reach the front page.
Welcome to High Impact Policy Review by me, Arushi Gupta. Sign up now so you don’t miss the first issue!
High-Impact Policy Review (HIPR) is a biweekly newsletter by Arushi Gupta about high-impact U.S. policies and policy areas. I started this newsletter because I realized that being constantly inundated with political news made it hard to understand what really mattered, and that many issues receive far less coverage than they deserve, given the impact they will have. For example, although the U.S. is one of the largest foreign aid donors and approximately 10 percent of the world population lives in extreme poverty (on less than $1.90 a day!), we rarely talk about the foreign aid decisions that can and do change their lives completely.
This biweekly (every 2 weeks) newsletter will (i) provide updates on U.S. policies relevant to potentially high-impact cause areas, such as foreign aid, farmed animal welfare, and criminal justice reform and (ii) inform you of potentially high-impact U.S. policy opportunities that I see around. I’ll do my best to cover the most neglected and important policy news I become aware of — the decisions that impact a large number of individuals (human or non-human), but which don’t always reach the front-page headlines. For that reason, I won’t always include the biggest news, unless it’s very important, because it’s likely stuff you’re already hearing about!
This site also contains some of my favorite resources for how to get involved, professionally or casually, in high-impact policymaking. For full disclosure, I’m not an expert on all the policy areas explored on this site so some smart friends who are experts in their respective policy areas deserve at least partial credit for some of the news I highlight!
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Job boards: Tom Wein’s list of social purpose job boards, Daybook, Tom Manatos Jobs, Traverse Job Listings, 80,000 Hours, Animal Advocacy Careers
80000 Hours career reviews: Policy-oriented government jobs, Congressional staffer, Party politics, Think tank research
Open Philanthropy’s U.S. Policy portfolio
Animal Advocacy Careers’s detailed, brief, and audio profile on politics, policy, and lobbying (see pg. 31-32 of the detailed profile for context-specific resources)
The case for building expertise to work on US AI policy, and how to do it
What are your chances of getting elected to Congress, if you try?
Tom Kalil on how to do the most good in government on The 80,000 Hours Podcast
Frank Baumgartner of UNC-Chapel Hill on policy dynamics, lobbying, and issue framing on The Sentience Institute Podcast
How To Lobby - Scott Weathers on The Reducetarian Podcast
Apolitical, a global learning platform for public servants
HIPE, a network/service for UK civil servants to maximize their impact
News sources I like: Future Perfect, Popular Information, The Flip Side, Platformer, Insight, HEATED
Podcasts I like: Future Perfect, Left, Right & Center, The Ezra Klein Show, The Most Interesting People I Know, Reimagining the Internet
Coming soon: stakeholder maps that visualize which government bodies are relevant to different cause areas
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