IAVA’s Research Department uses real data to drive the development of scalable solutions to benefit veterans and their families. Through careful analysis of IAVA’s annual member survey and continuous surveillance of data about service members, veterans and their families, IAVA’s Research Department informs the development of IAVA advocacy campaigns and programs.
IAVA's Policy Agenda
IAVA’s policy agenda is derived from our Annual Member Survey, the most comprehensive non-governmental survey of the post-9/11 veteran generation.
We listen to our members. All of IAVA’s work starts with our members, and our advocacy work is no exception. IAVA regularly surveys our members about the challenges they face, their goals for the future, and the current status of the programs meant to serve them. These surveys have one of the largest samples of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and provide us with an enormous amount of data that guides all the work we do on their behalf.
IAVA uses data to improve the lives of veterans.
The data we collect from our in-depth Member Survey and issue-specific flash polls influences our work, from providing the supporting evidence to influence legislation to white papers to drive the national conversation.
We do our homework. IAVA is the only organization with a research program focused exclusively on all the issues facing veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Our research team is constantly watching the trends, identifying new challenges, and creating policy solutions and programs to help this generation of veterans succeed.
We Are a Think Tank
We design innovative solutions. IAVA doesn’t just identify the challenges facing veterans, we create innovative solutions to address them. Each year, we release a Policy Agenda, which lays out our vision statement of what policies stakeholders should pursue to better the lives of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. IAVA regularly publishes research reports that provide even deeper insight into solutions for issues facing military families.
We Engage Members
IAVA engages the power of our membership through the internet. Our members are a critical part of our advocacy work. Their stories put a face on veterans’ issues, and they are more than ready to contact their Member of Congress to advocate on behalf of veterans and their families. IAVA educates veterans and their families about the ways new legislation in Washington can impact their lives through our website, social media, and IAVA’s online community for veterans.