What is the Center for Effective Lawmaking?
The Center for Effective Lawmaking seeks to advance the generation, communication, and use of new knowledge about the effectiveness of individual lawmakers and legislative institutions in Congress. We envision a Congress comprised of effective lawmakers, strong institutional capacity, and the incentive structure needed to address America’s greatest public policy challenges.
The Center for Effective Lawmaking is directed by Craig Volden of the University of Virginia, and Alan E. Wiseman of Vanderbilt University. To advance the goals of the Center, Volden and Wiseman have undertaken numerous research projects, including the recently published Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress: The Lawmakers (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
We have developed a simple and fun way for you to navigate our data set, including an interactive map, to quickly search Representatives’ and Senators’ Legislative Effectiveness Scores. Additionally, we provide data for download, for those who might be interested in further investigations of legislative effectiveness in the United States Congress.