October 8, 2015


Don't Miss the Big Unveil: 
Public Agenda/WNYC New York Metro Area Survey

Over the past year, we have been working with WNYC to survey residents of the New York metropolitan region. We wanted to know how area residents are thinking about public issues like education, income inequality, housing costs, taxes, crime and police-community relations.

We're gearing up to release the results next week in coordination with WNYC. Starting Monday, tune in each day to The Brian Lehrer Show at 10 a.m. ET to hear about what we found. Will Friedman and Carolin Hagelskamp, our president and director of research, respectively, will be talking with Brian about a different story each day. If you're not in the area, you can listen online, live or after the show.

The segments will be accompanied by blog posts from us and reporting from WNYC's newsroom and data viz team. Don't miss out on any of it: follow us on Facebook and Twitter, where we'll be providing links in real time.

The Public Agenda/WNYC Survey is the first annual Deborah Wadsworth Fund Project and is possible thanks in large part to the generosity of our donors. The survey will help inform our next annual Deborah Wadsworth project, through which we'll seek to find collaborative solutions to an issue local residents care and worry deeply about. Please donate to the Deborah Wadsworth Fund today to support our continued work in the New York metro area.

Join Us in NYC for Restoring Opportunity: The Role of Education

If the U.S. is truly to be a land of opportunity for all, what role can and must education play? How will our education system -- K-12 and higher ed -- have to change in order to play that role? And what are the limits of education as a cure-all for the challenges of diminishing opportunity in the U.S.?

We are excited to announce the first in our Restoring Opportunity series. "Restoring Opportunity: The Role of Education" will take place at Macaulay Honors College on Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. 

Restoring Opportunity is Public Agenda's 10-year commitment to help communities and the nation address one of the great challenges of our day: stagnating prospects for too many Americans.

For the program, moderator Brian Lehrer of WNYC will interview a panel of two dynamic education experts: Public Agenda board member Wendy Puriefoy, the former president of the Public Education Network and a K-12 expert, and Public Agenda's Alison Kadlec, an expert on higher education reform.

Engaging Ideas

A collection of recent stories and reports that sparked consideration on ways to make progress on divisive issues.

This interactive online tool looks at economic, educational, and civic factors at the state and county level as a way to measure opportunities and better understand how location is related to upward mobility. The tool was developed by Opportunity Nation and Measure of America, a project of the Social Science Research Council.

(Open Society Foundations)
Leaders of global NGOs, including our Director of Public Engagement Matt Leighninger, discuss the power of participatory democracy as part of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.  

Another interactive online tool, this time from the National Council on Teacher Quality, that helps degree-seekers and prospective education students filter and find a program that fits their interests. 

(Inside Higher Ed)
Arthur Levine challenges the future of the Carnegie or "credit" unit, which higher education institutions award for a certain amount of hours of class time. He posits that institutions need a new accounting system to meet the demands of our information economy.

(The Washington Post)
The privately-funded prison debate program has existed for 15 years but recently made headlines. This clip from 2012 gives a brief description of how men and women earn degrees from Bard College. 

(National Bureau of Economic Research)
This working paper found hospitals with better quality gain more market share than hospitals with lower quality, suggesting that health care may be a more like other markets than often assumed. 


Public Agenda is a nonprofit organization that helps diverse leaders and citizens navigate divisive, complex issues. Through nonpartisan research and engagement, it provides people with the insights and support they need to arrive at workable solutions on critical issues, regardless of their differences. Since 1975, Public Agenda has helped foster progress on K-12 and higher education reform, health care, federal and local budgets, energy and immigration. Find Public Agenda online at PublicAgenda.org.

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