Research and Project Management

The Research Services Team provides research and project management assistance to teams within the Washington State Department of Commerce as well as other state and local agencies with a wide range of policy review, stakeholder engagement, data analysis, project development, and research expertise.

Project Highlights

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Criminal Penalty Fees Related to Sexual Exploitation Crimes (PDF)

The eighth annual report prepared by Research Services on the collection and spending of fees related to commercial sexual abuse of a minor and other sexual exploitation crimes found that Washington courts assessed $334,761 in fees during the fiscal year, 57% of the total amount of penalty fees possible.

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Hanford Healthy Energy Workers – Healthcare Needs Assessment and Recommendations

To address requirements as detailed in the 2020 ESSB 6168.127(83), the Washington State Department of Commerce convened the Hanford Healthy Energy Workers Board and provided its final report to the legislature regarding health care needs for workers at Hanford. What did the Hanford Healthy Energy Workers Board accomplish? The Hanford Healthy Energy Workers Board conducted an unmet health care needs assessment for Hanford workers and developed recommendations on how these

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2021 Nontraditional Workers Study (PDF)

Research Services’ 2021 report on nontraditional workers made several key findings about the challenges that hamper interactions between state agencies and these workers, including occupational and industry conditions, cultural and geographical factors, and the worsening of existing disparities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Washington’s Green Economy Working Group Final Report (PDF)

The 2020 Green Economy Working Group final report presents “44 recommendations and opportunities that hold strong potential to grow the state’s economy while addressing environmental challenges,” the outcome of extended collaboration that leveraged the broad expertise of a wide variety of stakeholders.

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Independent Contractor Study Final Report (PDF)

In 2019, Research Services published its final report on independent contractor employment in Washington state, making key findings about the prevalence of independent contract work, the earnings and benefits of independent contractors, their experiences and needs, and the state of existing data systems related to independent contract work.

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Unreinforced Masonry Building Inventory

At the close of the 2017-2018 legislative session, the Washington State Legislature directed the Department of Commerce , in cooperation with the Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), to initiate an inventory of unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings in Washington state, excluding single-family housing. Commerce and DAHP convened a 28-member advisory committee and contracted for a seismic study of unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings. This undertaking included inventorying and categorizing the