Policy Engagement

Public policy aimed at supporting veterans is most effective when it’s informed by evidence and experience. The IVMF empowers public sector leaders by translating insights from research and practice into better policymaking.

What We Do

  • Provide relevant research and expertise on key issues to policymakers and their staff through testimony, briefings and thought leadership
  • Lead the charge on important policy priorities necessary to supporting the veteran population
  • Amplify and support partner efforts advancing research-backed policy.

Why It’s Important

  • Good veteran and military family public policy can and should be beneficial for all Americans.
  • Veterans and their families are a valuable asset to our communities and the economy.
  • A thriving veteran population with equal opportunity to pursue their post-service aspirations is the surest incentive to sustaining a capable, all-volunteer force, and the security of the United States.

Improving Lives of Veterans

  • Every veteran and their family is impacted by the decisions of their federal, state, and local government.
  • As the veteran population evolves, so do their needs, and the policy aimed at supporting them.
  • Policy that most effectively supports veterans and their families is backed by research.

IVMF Policy Priorities


The IVMF believes it is critical that policymakers, employers, nonprofits and American families come together to support a comprehensive set of policies that advance the post-service aspirations of veterans and their families.

Featured Policy Research


IVMF Policy Team In Action


1.17.20

Mike Haynie and Nick Armstrong Selected Among Nation’s Top Veteran Influencers


Mike Haynie, vice chancellor and founder of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), has been named to the prestigious HillVets100 list for 2019. The HillVets100 is an annual listing of the nation’s 100 most influential veterans, ... Read More ▶

3.25.21

Coping during COVID: Veterans’ Mental Health and Implementation of the Hannon Act


Last year, the House and Senate came together to pass the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act. On March 24, 2021, the Senate held its first oversight hearing to learn more about the implementation of this bill. IVM... Read More ▶

3.20.21

Coordination of Veterans Services in Pennsylvania


Senate Resolution 170, Printer’s No. 1349, adopted on October 30, 2019, established a task force on services for veterans, including the coordination of services in this Commonwealth among federal, state, local, and nonprofit programs aimed at serv... Read More ▶

Applied Research


Through both quantitative and qualitative methods, our diverse research portfolio reflects the range of social, economic, and wellness challenges that can affect transitioning service members, veterans, and their families. Learn more about Applied Research.

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Evaluation & Analytics


We offer a range of internal and public data sources to help the military community, researchers, government agencies, industry, and nonprofit organizations. Programs thrive when evaluation is embedded within the fabric of their operations, that’s why at the IVMF our programs are built around a culture of continual evaluation, improvement, and excellence. Learn more about Evaluation & Analytics.

Data Insights & Tools


The data insights team at IVMF team does more than just field data requests. Our team collects and aggregates data but more importantly we provide actionable insights and change that impact the lives of veterans and their families. Learn more about Data Insights & Tools. 

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