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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…

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…

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…

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

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
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  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…

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…


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)

Is New York No Longer The Land Of Opportunity?

October 12, 2015 | Comments Off on Is New York No Longer The Land Of Opportunity?

New York Metropolitan Area Residents Feel Trapped by Economic Insecurity, According to New Public Agenda/WNYC Survey; Most Say Government Responds to the Wealthy, Not Them DATE OF RELEASE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 12TH, 2015 New York City – – Many residents of New York City and the greater metropolitan region feel stuck…

Public Agenda Commits To Transparency In Survey-Based Research

September 29, 2015 | Comments Off on Public Agenda Commits To Transparency In Survey-Based Research

DATE OF RELEASE: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2015 New York City — The American Association for Public Opinion Research has announced that it accepted Public Agenda as a member of its Transparency Initiative. As the newest charter member of the Transparency Initiative (TI), Public Agenda pledges to be transparent in their reporting…

Public Agenda Announces Matt Leighninger As New Director Of Public Engagement

August 13, 2015 | Comments Off on Public Agenda Announces Matt Leighninger As New Director Of Public Engagement

DATE OF RELEASE: THURSDAY, AUGUST 13TH, 2015 NEW YORK – Public Agenda has announced the selection of Matt Leighninger as its new Director of Public Engagement. Matt will also serve as a Vice President for the organization, as well as the Director of the recently established Yankelovich Center for Public…

New Materials, National Event Will Help Higher Education Understand The Potential Of Competency-Based Education Programs

July 9, 2015 | Comments Off on New Materials, National Event Will Help Higher Education Understand The Potential Of Competency-Based Education Programs

National survey, fall conference and online resources will give educators and policymakers unprecedented levels of collaboration and information DATE OF RELEASE: THURSDAY, JULY 9TH, 2015 NEW YORK – Several nonprofit and higher education organizations are collaborating to create new resources and opportunities in response to growing interest in competency-based education…

Can Research And Dialogue Improve The Debate Over Charter Schools?

May 5, 2015 | Comments Off on Can Research And Dialogue Improve The Debate Over Charter Schools?

Public Agenda and the Spencer Foundation announce new online resources to improve dialogue on controversial education issues DATE OF RELEASE: TUESDAY, MAY 5TH, 2015 New York — As the nation recognizes National Charter Schools Week May 3-9, Public Agenda and the Spencer Foundation today launched Charter Schools In Perspective, a set…

As Americans Shoulder More Health Care Costs, Survey Suggests Many Are Hungry For More And Better Price Information

March 17, 2015 | Comments Off on As Americans Shoulder More Health Care Costs, Survey Suggests Many Are Hungry For More And Better Price Information

Most Americans Already Seeking Information About Health Care Prices, Though Obstacles Remain DATE OF RELEASE: TUESDAY, MARCH 17TH, 2015 New York City — The majority of Americans have actively looked for information about the price of their health care, and many may be ready to choose less expensive care, according…

Competency-Based Education Network Announces New Cohort Of Member Institutions

February 10, 2015 | Comments Off on Competency-Based Education Network Announces New Cohort Of Member Institutions

Thirteen institutions and two public systems representing 40 campuses join colleges and universities addressing shared challenges to designing, developing, and scaling high-quality competency-based degree programs. DATE OF RELEASE: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2015 The Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) on Tuesday announced 15 new members. This cohort will join the network, supported by Lumina…

Public Agenda Applauds Renewed Attention To Community Colleges, Urges Deeper Action

January 5, 2015 | Comments Off on Public Agenda Applauds Renewed Attention To Community Colleges, Urges Deeper Action

DATE OF RELEASE: THURSDAY, JANUARY 15TH, 2015 Public Agenda praises President Obama’s proposal for tuition-free community college as an important step toward reaffirming the role and purpose of higher education in our democracy. The organization warns, however, that cost is just one of the many factors the country must address…

For-Profit Colleges Have Some Strengths, But Are They Worth The Cost?

February 10, 2014 | Comments Off on For-Profit Colleges Have Some Strengths, But Are They Worth The Cost?

Students and employers applaud for-profits on some counts, deeply skeptical on others, according to new research DATE OF RELEASE: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2014 NEW YORK CITY — Many students and employers remain unconvinced about the value of a for-profit college education, according to new research from Public Agenda. While for-profit students are…

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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