New Member Material
The CEL developed materials publicly available for all members of Congress. These worksheets highlight the best advice on effective lawmaking found among all of the materials presented in previous new member orientation activities. We tested the implicit hypotheses in these guides to discern which pieces of advice are likely to have the greater impact if adopted by new lawmakers.
We distilled the new member guide into an easy one page checklist for members and a Venn diagram worksheet to help lawmakers define their legislative agenda and prioritize policy issues.
We continue to refine our materials for members of Congress interested in increasing effectiveness and will be releasing new and comprehensive guides in the future.
Working Papers for New Members
Helpful Articles for New Members
- Does Bipartisanship even work in today’s polarized Congress? Yes. The Washington Post, February 2017
- Volden and Wiseman on the 5 habits of highly effective legislators, The Washington Post, February 2015