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March 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Still Searching

Part of our monthly “Progress Report” newsletter. To receive the latest email updates from Public Agenda, click here. In a democracy, the policy agenda should reflect the public’s needs, concerns and aspirations. As elaborated in our recent report, The Fix We’re In, the lack of economic opportunity and political equality are driving concerns…

Why Waning Confidence In Higher Education Is Worrisome

March 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Why Waning Confidence In Higher Education Is Worrisome

Colleges and universities can’t count on being given the benefit of the doubt under conditions of mistrust and anxiety. There are significant gaps between the public and college leaders when it comes to the purpose and value of higher education. Experts often chock it up to a difference between perception…

More Light On What Unites

March 1, 2017 | Comments Off on More Light On What Unites

Part of our monthly “Progress Report” newsletter. To receive the latest email updates from Public Agenda, click here. In my last update, I shared a glimpse into our latest report, “The Fix We’re In,” that offers insight into the current, difficult public mood. Importantly, the report reveals a surprising amount of hidden…

Community Partnerships For Community College Student Success

March 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Community Partnerships For Community College Student Success

Leaders realize that without deep, durable community partnerships, their colleges are unlikely to meet their student success goals. When thinking of those who can make a difference for community college students striving to gain the knowledge and credentials they seek, the usual suspects come to mind — faculty, staff and…

What Discussing Polarizing Topics Like Inequality Exposes

February 23, 2017 | Comments Off on What Discussing Polarizing Topics Like Inequality Exposes

Polarization is about more than simply holding differing or even opposing views. These days, it is also associated with how people with a certain view are, by choice or circumstance, increasingly isolated from those who think differently. After a divisive election season we continue to see stark evidence of polarization…

Good Governance Through Better Engagement Strategy

February 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Good Governance Through Better Engagement Strategy

“We’re in a time when government and citizens need to engage each other in new ways to produce solutions to the issues we face,” said one participant, Cheryl Graeve. Traditional forms of public engagement need an overhaul. We’ve seen how the deficits of town hall meetings and poor modes of…

In Divisive Times, Americans See Eye To Eye On Inequality And Opportunity

February 9, 2017 | Comments Off on In Divisive Times, Americans See Eye To Eye On Inequality And Opportunity

In a series of focus groups, Public Agenda spent the past year talking with folks about the economy, their opportunities, how they view inequality and the changes they think the nation needs to help themselves and others achieve the American Dream. In these contentious political and social times, there is…

Deliberative + Direct = Better Democracy?

February 7, 2017 | Comments Off on Deliberative + Direct = Better Democracy?

Could a combination of direct and deliberative democracy better meet the (rightful) demand of the people to have a greater say in the decisions that affect them? Following the Brexit vote in mid-2016, many U.K. voters who elected to exit the European Union expressed remorse at their decision. Immediately following…

Setting Equity Goals For Digital Tools In New York City

January 31, 2017 | Comments Off on Setting Equity Goals For Digital Tools In New York City

There is a spirit of innovation inherent to PB. New York City is home to some of the longest-running participatory budgeting (PB) sites. It’s expanded to 31 council districts in 2015-16 from four in 2011-12. Experimentation with digital tools like online project idea submission, project mapping and a remote voting…

Understanding Immigration

January 26, 2017 | Comments Off on Understanding Immigration

Whether you view yesterday’s executive orders as positive or negative, the fact remains that immigration is complicated. In a series of executive orders, President Donald Trump yesterday initiated sweeping changes to the country’s immigration policy. Immigration experts and legislators on both sides of the aisle have long argued our immigration laws…

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. NEW YORK, NY – Pediatricians seeking to address the social and economic concerns that can affect the health of their young patients must first build…

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

May 31, 2019 | 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. New York City – People with a college degree earn substantially more than those with only a high school diploma. But millions of American adults have no education beyond…

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…

A Day on the Beach: Creating Community Through Research

July 24, 2019 Comments Off on A Day on the Beach: 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…

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…

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…

 

 

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)

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