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Can We Handle The Truth? Trying To Re-establish A Working Infrastructure For News (Part II)

April 3, 2019 | Comments Off on Can We Handle The Truth? Trying To Re-establish A Working Infrastructure For News (Part II)

A story from Rewiring Democracy New from Public Agenda, Rewiring Democracy: Subconscious Technologies, Conscious Engagement and the Future of Politics , explores how the latest technological trends may reshape our democracy, our politics, and our daily lives. In a series of blog posts, we are sharing some of the stories from the…

Can We Handle The Truth? Trying To Re-Establish A Working Infrastructure For News (Part I)

March 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Can We Handle The Truth? Trying To Re-Establish A Working Infrastructure For News (Part I)

In this first installment of the Rewiring Democracy series, we take a look at the challenges facing journalism, including decreasing trust in reporters as truth tellers, and the financial instability faced by media organizations.

AI, Blockchain, VR, And The Complicated Future Of Democracy

February 25, 2019 | Comments Off on AI, Blockchain, VR, And The Complicated Future Of Democracy

All kinds of changes, many of them driven by technology, affect how we live, work, vote, interact, and get information. Too often, the people working to strengthen democracy have been caught flat-footed by the pace of new trends and innovations. All kinds of changes, many of them driven by technology,…

5 Tips For Handling Difficult Holiday Conversations

December 21, 2018 | Comments Off on 5 Tips For Handling Difficult Holiday Conversations

The holiday season can be filled with lots of joy and laughter, but there are times when seeing some of your closest family and friends can be hard to handle — especially when there are differing opinions on touchy topics. The holiday season can be filled with lots of joy…

‘Staying Proximate’ to Advance Racial Equity

December 21, 2018 | Comments Off on ‘Staying Proximate’ to Advance Racial Equity

This guest post was written by Matt Leighninger, Vice President of Public Engagement and was originally published on Nellie Mae’s Medium page. While incidents of bias and discrimination can occur anywhere, it’s especially troubling when they happen in our schools. To help educators, students, and other community members address these…

Cities Of Service Launches Second Annual Engaged Cities Award

November 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Cities Of Service Launches Second Annual Engaged Cities Award

Apply for the Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award! Cities of Service, a nonprofit organization that helps mayors build stronger cities by changing the way local government and citizens work together, launched the application process for its second annual Engaged Cities Award. The international award program recognizes cities that have actively…

Reconciling Principle With Pragmatism

November 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Reconciling Principle With Pragmatism

Balancing Priorities and Context in our Criminal Justice System Tune in to any news show and odds are you’ll hear about yet another intractable political issue. There may be a couple of angry quotes flashing across the screen, or perhaps, a conversation between politicians yelling for their side. The newscaster…

Time To Learn

November 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Time To Learn

Making time for teachers to learn can lead to increased opportunities for kids My older son is a second-grade student at our neighborhood elementary school in Chicago. Next year, his younger brother will turn old enough to follow him through the doors of the same old, worn-out looking, brick building.…

What Rural America Can Teach US About Civil Society

October 23, 2018 | Comments Off on What Rural America Can Teach US About Civil Society

Civil society is rooted in actions, not words. When one thinks about “community engagement” or “public participation” the image is often of a neighborhood meeting, or a public hearing. Implicitly, the background setting is a town or city. I’m glad to highlight analysis by Allen Smart and Betsey Russell about What…

Working Together To Advance Student And Teacher Success

October 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Working Together To Advance Student And Teacher Success

A growing body of research shows that when teachers work more collaboratively, student outcomes can improve, teachers can be more satisfied in their jobs and teacher turnover can decrease. With the school year in full swing, teachers, administrators and education leaders are once again fully entrenched in the day- to-day…


Americans Share Common Ground, Misperceptions About Immigration, Poll Finds (KUNR Public Radio, August 14, 2020)

Poll shows growing disconnect over Trump's hard-line immigration policies (USA TODAY, August 12, 2020)

A 'huge moment' for police reform that could reshape Black communities for generations (USA TODAY, July 18, 2020)

There's Still More To Do But Black Lives Matter Protests Have Resulted In These Major Police Reforms (mitú, July 2, 2020)

USA TODAY poll: Americans want major police reform, more focus on serious crime (USA TODAY, June 29, 2020)

Broad Support for Most Police Reforms in New Survey (The Crime Report, June 29, 2020)

Breaking News - USA TODAY poll: Americans want major police reform, more focus on serious crime (US Latest News, June 29, 2020)

The Cost of Being a College Dropout (Coastline College Blog, June 20, 2020)

Will Americans follow social distancing measures? (Medium, June 5, 2020)

Think Americans Are Polarized Over Reopening, Face Masks? Survey Says Think Again (WOSU Public Media, May 29, 2020)

Health outweighs economy in poll (USA TODAY, May 29, 2020)

Monthly Civic Tech must-reads #6 (CitizenLab, April 27, 2020)

How to give back to your community during the pandemic (Rice University News and Media Relations, April 24, 2020)

New Vision Council Report Reveals Consumer Attitudes and Industry Insights About COVID-19 Crisis (Vision Monday, April 20, 2020)

Colorado groups to receive health advocacy grant (Colorado Politics, April 15, 2020)

The coronavirus on Smart Talk Monday: End of life decisions and survey finds Americans on 'common ground' (WITF, April 13, 2020)

Like Jesus on Easter, we too will rise. After we beat the coronavirus. (USA TODAY Opinion, April 10, 2020)

Surveys on Coronavirus Impact Underscore Near-Term Challenges (SGB Media, April 7, 2020)

Bishops can do more to provide sacraments despite coronavirus fears, open letter claims (Catholic News Agency, April 7, 2020)

COVID-19 Bringing Communities Together (The 21st Show, April 6, 2020)

Survey: COVID-19 Brings U.S. Communities Together (Iowa Public Radio, April 6, 2020)

Poll: Americans choose saving lives over saving US economy (Rolla Daily News, April 4, 2020)

Coronavirus poll: Americans support drastic efforts to stop coronavirus, expect crisis to last for months in Public Agenda/USA TODAY/Ipsos poll (USA TODAY, April 3, 2020)

Despite Hardships, Americans See COVID-19 Bringing Communities Together, Survey Shows (Side Effects, April 3, 2020)

Poll: Halting Virus Is Bigger Priority Than Saving Economy (Newsmax, April 3, 2020)

Most believe stopping virus is larger priority than saving economy: poll (The Hill, April 3, 2020) 

Poll: Americans Choose Saving Lives Over US Economy (Media Confidential, April 3, 2020)

Democratic, Republican voters actually agree on how to juice the economy. What's in the way? Politics. (USA TODAY, March 6, 2020)

science-based strategies to tame angry political debate and encourage tolerance (The Conversation, February 27, 2020)

How Social Determinants of Health Impact Pediatric No-Show Rates (Patient Engagement Hit, February 25, 2020)

Philanthropy's Role in Scaling Sounder Public Judgement (Medium, February 24, 2020)

Red and Blue America see eye-to-eye on one issue: the nation's health care system needs fixing (USA TODAY, February 7, 2020)

Americans Agree Health Care System Needs Fixing, New Survey Funds (WBUR, Thursday, February 13, 2020)

Survey: Americans Agree Health Care System Needs Fixing (Side Effects, February 6, 2020)

Where Are All The Iowa Polls This Year? (FiveThirtyEight, Friday, January 31st, 2020)

Commentary: How to help New Yorkers compare health care options (New Canaan Advertiser, Tuesday, January 28th, 2020)

Five myths about bipartisanship (The Washington Post, Friday, January 17, 2020)

Will Friedman: There is more common ground in America than you think (NewsRadio KTRH 740 AM, December 9, 2019)

Op-Ed: A Challenge to College Presidents (NJ Spotlight, Tuesday, November 19th, 2019)

Ethical College Admissions: Counseling vs. Coaching (Inside Higher Ed, Monday, November 11th, 2019)

USA TODAY NETWORK and Public Agenda to Explore the ‘Hidden Common Ground’ Among Citizens Leading to the 2020 Election (Yahoo!, Monday, November 11th, 2019)

Solving Higher Education’s Crisis Of Governance Means Changing How We Choose Governors (Forbes, Friday, November 15th, 2019)

Americans are ready for more meaningful democracy (Jefferson Center, Monday, August 26th, 2019)

The case for using polling data more regularly (The Grade, Wednesday, August 7th, 2019)

3 Provider Communication Strategies for Creating Patient Trust (Patient Engagement HIT, Tuesday, August 6th, 2019)

Patient Trust, Relationships Key in Pediatric SDOH Screenings (Patient Engagement HIT, Monday, August 5th, 2019)

Pediatric social determinants screening (Drivers of Health, Monday, August 5th, 2019)

Screening For Social Needs: What Do Parents Think? (Health Affairs, Tuesday, July 30th, 2019)

Residents Test Their Knowledge At Jamaica Bay Jeopardy (Canarsie Courier, Tuesday, July 30th, 2019)

Parents Talk About Social Needs Screening:Identify Trust as a Major Issue (Georgetown University Center for Children and Families , Wednesday, July 24th, 2019)

President Issues Executive Order Calling for Health Care Price Transparency (Society for Human Resource Management, Wednesday, June 26th, 2019)

Democrats' views on charters diverge by race as 2020 elections loom (Brookings, Tuesday, May 21st, 2019)

Quick Fix - Housing Affordability Panel (Politico, Tuesday, May 14th, 2019)

The Week Ahead in New York Politics, May 13 (Gotham Gazette, Monday, May 13th, 2019)

Price transparency is key to a functional health-care market (The Hill, Wednesday, April 17th, 2019)

New Visions: Subconscious tech vs conscious engagement; benefit apps that talk back; Zuck's conversion; and more. (Civic Hall, Thursday, March 7th, 2019)

A human rights approach to the health implications of food and nutrition insecurity (Thrive Global, Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019)

A human rights approach to the health implications of food and nutrition insecurity (Thrive Global, Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019)

Why are so many college students returning home? (GreatSchools.org, Wednesday, January 9th, 2019)

How providers, patients could benefit from CMS' newly instated price transparency rule (Fierce Healthcare, Friday, January 4th, 2019)

Reflections on Recent Events

June 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Reflections on Recent Events

Like so many Americans, recent events have battered the Public Agenda team with anger, sadness and anxiety and we are asking ourselves how to respond. We are thinking about a phrase we use to convey the spirit of our work: Let’s build a democracy that works for everyone. By this…

Americans Want More Constructive Politics, Believe Politicians And Social Media Benefit From Divisiveness While The Public Loses

December 4, 2019 | Comments Off on Americans Want More Constructive Politics, Believe Politicians And Social Media Benefit From Divisiveness While The Public Loses

New research from the inaugural Public Agenda/USA TODAY/Ipsos Hidden Common GroundTM survey reveals a significant number of Republicans and Democrats would consider crossing party lines for a more unifying candidate

Major Research, Journalism and Public Engagement Initiative to Focus on Common Ground Solutions During Election Season

November 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Major Research, Journalism and Public Engagement Initiative to Focus on Common Ground Solutions During Election Season

First phase of Public Agenda/USA Today’s Election-Year Hidden Common Ground Initiative™ to explore America’s collaborative divide and how it can be bridged   New York City – A self-defeating narrative is taking hold in America of a people who are so profoundly divided that we cannot possibly understand each other, let…

New York State Residents Call for Government to Monitor Quality of Doctors and Hospitals

November 7, 2019 | Comments Off on New York State Residents Call for Government to Monitor Quality of Doctors and Hospitals

New report finds New York State residents worry about health care quality, and want state government to hold providers accountable New York City – New York State residents think the state government should monitor doctors’ and hospitals’ quality; provide information about the quality of doctors’ and hospitals’ care; and hold…

Sounder Public Judgment Initiative Brings Fresh Thinking to a Fundamental Challenge Facing Democracy

October 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Sounder Public Judgment Initiative Brings Fresh Thinking to a Fundamental Challenge Facing Democracy

A new series of Working Papers from Public Agenda offers insights into how to help the public come to terms with tough issues in today’s world New York, NY — Public Agenda, the nonpartisan research and public engagement organization, is releasing a series of papers on the challenge of fostering…

Vast Majority of Americans Say Democracy is in Crisis or Serious Trouble

August 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Vast Majority of Americans Say Democracy is in Crisis or Serious Trouble

But Most Also Believe Ordinary People Have a Lot of Influence “If Enough People Get Involved” New York City – Public Agenda – the nonpartisan research and public engagement organization – today released findings from a nationally representative survey of Americans showing that the vast majority across all political affiliations…

It’s About Trust: How Pediatricians Can Screen Children for Social Factors

June 24, 2019 | Comments Off on It’s About Trust: How Pediatricians Can Screen Children for Social Factors

Low-income parents are willing to discuss with pediatricians the social and economic concerns that impact their children’s health, but fear being reported to child welfare agencies DATE OF RELEASE: MONDAY, JUNE 24TH, 2019 NEW YORK, NY—June 24, 2019—Pediatricians seeking to address the social and economic concerns that can affect the…

NYC Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development and a Diverse Panel of Experts Tackle Housing Affordability During Brooklyn Policy Breakfast

May 15, 2019 | Comments Off on NYC Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development and a Diverse Panel of Experts Tackle Housing Affordability During Brooklyn Policy Breakfast

Alyssa Katz, Deputy Editor at The City; Alejandra Nasser Director of Leadership Development Programs at Flatbush Tenant Coalition, WNYC’s Kai Wright, Host and managing editor of The Stakes joined Deputy Mayor for Housing Vicki Been to discuss NYC’s housing challenges and practical solutions. DATE OF RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 15TH, 2019…

NYC Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development and a Diverse Panel of Experts Tackle Housing Affordability During Brooklyn Policy Breakfast

May 15, 2019 | Comments Off on NYC Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development and a Diverse Panel of Experts Tackle Housing Affordability During Brooklyn Policy Breakfast

Alyssa Katz, Deputy Editor at The City; Alejandra Nasser Director of Leadership Development Programs at Flatbush Tenant Coalition, WNYC’s Kai Wright, Host and managing editor of The Stakes joined Deputy Mayor for Housing Vicki Been to discuss NYC’s housing challenges and practical solutions. BROOKLYN, NY — On May 14, Public…

New Report Highlights Motivations of Adults Thinking of Going to College and the Challenges They Face

May 31, 2018 | Comments Off on New Report Highlights Motivations of Adults Thinking of Going to College and the Challenges They Face

Findings from Public Agenda emphasize need for a variety of higher education resources and guidance for growing group of college students. DATE OF RELEASE: THURSDAY, MAY 31ST, 2018 New York City – People with a college degree earn substantially more than those with only a high school diploma. But millions…

Measuring the State of Engagement

August 27, 2020 Comments Off on Measuring the State of Engagement

Engagement matters. Strong, consistent connections between residents, robust relationships between people and public institutions, and positive attachments between citizens and the places they live are highly correlated with a range of positive outcomes, from increased public health to greater K-12 student success to resilience in the face of natural disasters.…

Engagement in Challenging Times

July 22, 2020 Comments Off on Engagement in Challenging Times

In early June, Public Agenda began offering a series of digital engagement webinars to city agencies, non-profits, and partners working in public engagement in the time of COVID-19. Our goal was to support these organizations and their staff as much as we could by sharing our knowledge of digital tools…

Text, Talk, Engage to Fight COVID-19

May 19, 2020 Comments Off on Text, Talk, Engage to Fight COVID-19

To meet the engagement challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, Public Agenda teamed up with Polis to build a two-pronged digital engagement strategy.

Pushing the Boundaries of Engagement in Health

April 30, 2020 Comments Off on Pushing the Boundaries of Engagement in Health

At a conference earlier this year, a woman was trying to explain why she had decided not to serve on an influential state health policy panel. For years, she had been an outspoken health advocate; she and her two children are dealing with a rare genetic condition that has given…

Digital Tools for Engagement

March 31, 2020 Comments Off on Digital Tools for Engagement

Here at Public Agenda, we are receiving many requests right now from people who want to know about online tools for engaging the general public and specific stakeholders. Public Agenda has been a leader in the engagement field for the past 25 years, and for the past decade we have…

5 Tips For Handling Difficult Holiday Conversations

November 27, 2019 Comments Off on 5 Tips For Handling Difficult Holiday Conversations

The holiday season can be filled with lots of joy and laughter, but there are times when seeing some of your closest family and friends can be hard to handle — especially when there are differing opinions on touchy topics.

Survey Results on New Yorkers’ Views on Health Care Quality Information

November 18, 2019 Comments Off on Survey Results on New Yorkers’ Views on Health Care Quality Information

  By NYSHealth Achieving greater transparency in health care quality can ensure that New Yorkers have information that is public, accessible, and actionable. Better health care quality information can steer people toward higher-quality providers, improve health outcomes for patients, and reduce costs for consumers, providers, purchasers, and payers alike. Yet…

New Yorkers Call for Government to Monitor Quality of Doctors and Hospitals

November 12, 2019 Comments Off on New Yorkers Call for Government to Monitor Quality of Doctors and Hospitals

On Nov. 8, Public Agenda and NYSHealth held a panel to discuss findings from Public Agenda’s latest health care report We Can Do Better: New York State Residents Weigh In on Health Care Quality. Panelists included Anne-Marie J. Audet, M.D., M.Sc., S.M., senior medical officer for United Hospital Fund’s The…

A Day on the Water: Creating Community Through Research

July 24, 2019 Comments Off on A Day on the Water: Creating Community Through Research

Only 150 years ago, Jamaica Bay was a prime estuary, where freshwater and saltwater meet, making the lagoon a biodiverse location that provided an optimal environment for the organisms that live in and around the Bay. “There were a lot more wetlands and a really open and dynamic connection to…

Geo-Locating Protest: The Changing Role of Tech in Social Movements

April 16, 2019 Comments Off on Geo-Locating Protest: The Changing Role of Tech in Social Movements

A story from Rewiring Democracy New from Public Agenda, Rewiring Democracy: Subconscious Technologies, Conscious Engagement and the Future of Politics, explores how the latest technological trends may reshape our democracy, our politics, and our daily lives. In a series of blog posts, we are sharing some of the stories from the…

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