Dear Friends, 

As the year draws to a close, I am pleased to share this video of highlights from our work in 2017:

Click here for a 2017 recap

Public Agenda is gearing up to do all we can in 2018 to support a healthier democracy and stronger communities. All of us at Public Agenda thank you for your interest and support and wish you a safe and happy new year.

Best wishes for 2018,

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Will Friedman

New from Public Agenda


Tackling Transfer Guide
This implementation guide, a complement to The Transfer Playbook, is designed to help state entities organize workshops where teams from two- and four-year institutions can work together to improve transfer outcomes for their students.
With support from the Innovations and Collaborations program at the Vermont Community Foundation, Public Agenda created this guide to help Vermonters decide what kinds of engagement they want and to help them plan for an overall system for engagement that features those opportunities. Although created for Vermont, the guide is intended for local municipalities and community leaders across the country who are looking to plan for an overall system of engagement that's both effective and sustainable.

Teacher Collaboration In Perspective
A joint project of the Spencer Foundation and Public Agenda, Teacher Collaboration In Perspective is designed to contribute to a better-informed dialogue about how teachers can work more collaboratively. 

Qualities That Matter
Measuring quality is crucial to improving quality, to paying doctors and hospitals based on patients' health outcomes, and to steering patients toward high-value providers. But quality has many dimensions that are measured in many ways. This research report surveyed people who have experienced one of three common types of health care for which quality and costs can vary: type 2 diabetes care, joint replacement surgery and maternity care.

From the Blog

Michael Barber of the Spencer Foundation writes, "If we make time for teachers to work in the company of knowledgeable colleagues, they can develop their tools to enact ambitious instruction on a range of topics across subject areas. If teachers have genuine and ongoing learning opportunities, they can improve opportunities for student learning. To do this, they need time."

Reconciling Principle with Pragmatism 
Public Agenda's Ravi Reddi talks about the release of upcoming research that sheds new light on where Americans are finding common ground and how those conversations are taking place.
How Public Engagement Needs to Evolve: Part 5
In Part 5 of his engagement blog series, Matt Leighninger discusses "Getting past 'every-department-for-itself' engagement."

Practical Agreements in Health Care
Antonio Diep writes about new research being released in 2018. "We intend to learn whether the political noise and data-driven narratives match the conversations we have with regular Americans. It is with our findings, based on real concerns and priorities, that we can reveal areas of accommodation in health care with which leaders can craft real solutions."

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