Policy Analysis

Kristina Smock Consulting sheds light on complex community issues for decision makers and the public through insightful policy analysis and by translating data and information into compelling stories with clear policy implications. 

Services include:

  • ­ Background research to inform public policy recommendations and campaigns
  • ­ Research and analysis to examine inequities and provide insights into social problems
  • ­ Writing and communications to make complex issues accessible and to clarify the policy implications of the data

Kris provides research, analysis and communications to support the policy change work of grassroots organizers, nonprofit coalitions and local governments. She combines an astute understanding of the policy landscape with the ability to synthesize complex information and communicate policy options in clear and understandable ways. She tailors each project to fit the needs and goals of each client. Deliverables can include internal memos, formal written reports, public presentations, data visualizations, workshops and trainings.  


Coalition for a Livable Future, Regional Equity Atlas 2.0: Project Manager for the Regional Equity Atlas 2.0, a research and education project using maps, data and stories to illuminate the Portland metro region's geography of opportunity and support policy change to address disparities, 2010-2015.

Community Organizing and Family Issues, Policy Research: Conducted research to support the development of policy change campaigns related to elementary school discipline policies, reinstating recess in Illinois’s elementary schools, expanding preschool access for low-income families, and protecting low-income households from predatory lending, 2006-present.


Multnomah County Department of County Human Services, Poverty in Multnomah County Report:  Researched and wrote a comprehensive report on poverty in Multnomah County to inform the county government’s planning and policy solutions, 2014.

State of Oregon Department of Human Services, Homeless and Runaway Youth Strategic FrameworkConducted an environmental scan, research synthesis and stakeholder engagement process to develop a strategic framework and policy recommendations for addressing the needs of Oregon’s homeless and runaway youth, 2016.