Policy Docs is an ongoing research project in the DATA Lab that I am involved in. The goal of the project is to predict if a scholarly publication will be cited in a policy document - that is, legislation, policy recommendations or reports by NGOs, reports by regulatory agencies, and others.
The motivation for this project is to provide an early heuristic for policy and societal impact of a scholarly work. Using features of a scholarly work that are available immediately or soon after publication, such as social media attention, author and journal meta-information, and the actual text content of the work, we seek to make predictions about events on a longer time horizon.
My personal involvement has been in the all phases of the project - literature review, experimental design, performing experiments, drafting manuscripts, and publication.