Research & Policy

Bridging the Gap

The goal of Blue Star Families’ research and policy work is to increase understanding and engagement between military and civilian communities. We do this through individual research projects, policy analysis, and our annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey’s Comprehensive Report.

Our research and policy engagement across public, private, and nonprofit sectors enables Blue Star Families to provide unique insights and empirically-driven recommendations in support of improved civilian-military cooperation.

The MilSpouse Employment Study

The Social Cost Analysis of the Unemployment and Underemployment of Military Spouses study reveals the economic costs to society from the high rates of unemployment, underemployment, and reduced labor force participation among U.S. military spouses. The research was conducted by the Sorenson Impact Center, a division of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, in consultation and collaboration with Blue Star Families.


White Oak Summary

The White Oak Retreats started in 2010 and represent a collaborative (and high-powered) group of leaders in the non-profit, government and independent sectors who come together to facilitate solutions and encourage collaboration in support of our military families. It is a key event for BSF in allowing us the opportunity to collaborate with others and further our mission of continued and increased support for military families. Interested in learning more? Check out the summaries of past retreats through the link below!


Corporate Employee Engagement Summit

Blue Star Families and Booz Allen Hamilton gathered a Corporate Employee Engagement Summit, bringing together top government, nonprofit, and corporate actors to identify and strengthen opportunities for corporate community engagement and expanding military spouse and veteran employment. Learn what topics they addressed and how they plan on developing solutions.


Annual Military Lifestyle Survey

The Blue Star Families annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey is the leading resource for policy makers, corporations and nonprofits to understand the issues military families face. It is a unique opportunity for military families’ voices to be heard by key decision-makers.