Our research services include thorough evaluation studies for people who
are in the process of setting funding priorities or policies as well as quick turnaround, pinpoint
data analyses for entities who need to make quick decisions or need immediate answers to questions about the
impact of existing policies. Depending on the client's needs, these services may involve a combination of work products
including establishing benchmarks, locating and verifying facts, figures, and testing statistical relationships among
various events, outcomes and behaviors. Political Research will identify the best available researchers and draft a
detailed proposal and staffing profile for each client to review before beginning any project.
In addition to original research and analysis, we provide meta-analyses for
establishing benchmarks, identifying best practices, evaluating program implementation, and making comparisons
with existing policies and practices. These studies are conducted on contract with a specific client or consortium of
clients and carefully selected experts who have the technical expertise and research backgrounds to provide the best quality
Many real-life circumstances limit the availability of data or weaken
the validity or reliability of available data. To the extent possible, given the data available, we will advise
clients on the level of uncertainty as to outcomes and the weight of evidence in simple layman's terms, with clear technical
notations to allow others to inspect the methodologies. Whenever possible, Political Research will conduct its own sampling
General Terms of Engagement
Political Research charges a 15% administrative fee for managing the contract, plus
the researcher's fee and a flat $1,500 for for three independent reviewers to review and provide detailed comments
on the final product. Projects must be approved by a 2/3 vote to be considered complete. Reviewers, who are selected
in advance by mutual agreement with the client, submit their votes in confidence to the client and Political Research for
review (approved, needs revision, rejected). Each reviewer is paid $500 for their review, which includes a short, one-page
summary of their assessment of the research product's suitability as an answer to the client's written question. Projects
needing revision are resubmitted to reviewers at no additional costs.
Political Research employee rates are available at this link. If outside researchers are selected for a project, their research fees are negotiated separately
according to established rates of pay established by the researcher's institutions or agencies. Unaffiliated
researchers will be paid at a rate consistent with those published in the latest labor market analysis for Austin
for an economist (entry, median, or experienced*). Hourly estimates will by used to calculate the cost based
on the duration of the project. Project contracts include specific, negotiated delivery deadlines.
Costs of data collections, access to specialized data sets, or special materials
requested by the client will be billed separately by itemized invoice, subject to prior approval by the client.
An initiation fee of 50% of the total research fee is payable upon execution of the
contract. The remainder is payable upon completion of the project.
Political Research reserves all rights to data, workpapers, and materials produced,
including any work products produced by its researchers and delivered to clients and may publish such material at its discretion.
Clients and researchers are not granted permission to publish work products produced under contract without the previous
written permission by Political Research. Extension of copyrights with researchers and clients are negotiable.
All valid agreements with Political Research are in writing with the signatures of
all parties involved.
* Five years or less past terminal degree - entry; five to ten years
ten or more years - advanced.