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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…

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 '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…

Finding Common Ground Across The “Two Americas”

January 19, 2017 Comments Off on Finding Common Ground Across The “Two Americas”

Part of our monthly “Progress Report” newsletter. To receive the latest email updates from Public Agenda, click here. Post-election, we’ve heard a lot about the economic woes and anxieties of rural Americans, often in a manner that contrasts these viewpoints with urban residents. Based on our latest research, such framing creates an…

Six Lessons For The New Administration About Higher Education

January 19, 2017 Comments Off on Six Lessons For The New Administration About Higher Education

Awareness about issues facing our higher education system is high, sparking an active public dialogue about the role and responsibility of higher ed in society. The new Secretary of Education will start their job at a dynamic moment for higher education. The “traditional college experience” is disappearing as more and…

Turnout And Diversity In Participatory Budgeting: Long Beach, California

January 17, 2017 Comments Off on Turnout And Diversity In Participatory Budgeting: Long Beach, California

“Our focus on diversity in participation throughout the process is helping to build community in District 9.” Attracting large numbers of people to vote is important to all participatory budgeting (PB) processes. In doing so, it’s also important to attract residents who represent the demographics of a community. However, voting…

Bringing Community College Faculty To The Table

January 12, 2017 Comments Off on Bringing Community College Faculty To The Table

The public engagement field offers some ideas that colleges may draw upon as they seek to bring faculty, and even the broader community, into decision making. Community college faculty have a number of conventional ways to take part in campus decision-making, including faculty senates, committees and councils. But too often,…

A Broad Engagement Strategy In A Small Town: Dieppe, New Brunswick

January 10, 2017 Comments Off on A Broad Engagement Strategy In A Small Town: Dieppe, New Brunswick

“We saw the implementation of a PB process as a real, direct way to pilot these commitments to public engagement.” Last year, the number of communities in the U.S. and Canada using participatory budgeting (PB) swelled from 46 to 61, with 24 communities launching a brand-new PB process. Much of the…

Tools To Make Sense Of Health Care Reform

January 5, 2017 Comments Off on Tools To Make Sense Of Health Care Reform

Below, we share resources to help make sense of our choices as we prepare for an upheaval in health care. As members of Congress begin the process for Obamacare appeal, it’s an uncertain and confusing time for many Americans. Patients, caregivers, doctors and nurses, medical administrators, employers and insurance companies…

Greensboro, NC: Using Grassroots Advocacy To Adopt PB

January 3, 2017 Comments Off on Greensboro, NC: Using Grassroots Advocacy To Adopt PB

In Greensboro, a core group of grassroots organizers advocated for many years with elected officials to adopt PB. In Greensboro, North Carolina, it was up to the residents to convince their elected officials that participatory budgeting (PB) was a worthwhile innovation to try. It can be a tough sell. PB,…

Most Popular Posts From 2016

December 22, 2016 Comments Off on Most Popular Posts From 2016

What are you interested in reading about in 2017? Leave your thoughts in the comments. Thanks for visiting On the Agenda, the Public Agenda blog, in 2016! Here are the posts that most interested readers this year. Many of them come from our series on Key Talents for Better Public…

Vallejo: A Model For Broader Engagement In Participatory Budgeting

December 20, 2016 Comments Off on Vallejo: A Model For Broader Engagement In Participatory Budgeting

Participatory budgeting (PB) often funds infrastructure projects. For local officials and community leaders using or considering PB, Vallejo offers a model for funding programs and services. In most cities, participatory budgeting, or PB, is limited to capital funds: longer-term infrastructure projects such as schools, parks, streetlights and street repaving. Vallejo,…

Making Health Savings Accounts Work

December 15, 2016 Comments Off on Making Health Savings Accounts Work

What would it take for HSAs to be more equitable, effective and efficient? One of the health care policies that President-Elect Trump has advocated is an expansion of Health Savings Accounts, or HSAs. Research suggests that HSAs, as they currently exist, primarily benefit wealthier and healthier individuals. What would it…

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