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The Impact of COVID-19 on Advocacy

The Situation:

Though COVID-19 has upended business as usual across both government and the private sector, our mission remains unchanged. Ballast will inform its clients’ work with candid and actionable data from senior policymakers, to whom we are unusually indebted this research cycle.

Our Process:

In a special COVID-19 iteration of our research, Ballast surveyed over 650 senior-level policymakers — from Capitol Hill, the White House, and federal agencies — to better understand their perception of companies’ and associations’ response to the public health crisis.

Sample of Our Findings:

The data suggest that, to date, the response from the private sector has been well received. Policymakers are prepared to credit industry and individual companies, where warranted, for their response to the crisis:

Certain organizations stood out to policymakers for their response. Over 60 companies and associations were organically mentioned by policymakers. The companies most frequently mentioned include:

The associations most frequently mentioned include:

Upcoming Research:

The COVID-19 public health emergency presents opportunities and risks for corporations and associations across industries. What impact will COVID-19 have on your industry?


As policymakers’ expectations and policy priorities evolve, stay up to date by participating in our upcoming research:

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