Yankelovitch Stronger Democracy Program: Research
The Yankelovich Stronger Democracy Program contributes research, ideas and tools in support of a healthier democracy that better serves all Americans, one in which sound public judgment, meaningful public participation, and responsive public institutions are the norm.
Strengthening Democracy: What Do Americans Think?
Nearly every day, Americans are confronted with evidence that our politics are broken and our democracy is not working as it should. So what do Americans think we should do to improve our politics and renew our democracy? This is the question that Public Agenda, in partnership with the Kettering Foundation, is exploring in the…
Participatory Budgeting: Could It Diminish Health Disparities in the United States?
This commentary discusses three theoretical pathways by which PB could affect health disparities in local communities: by strengthening people’s psychological empowerment, by strengthening civic sector alliances and by (re)distributing resources to areas of greatest need. The commentary reviews research on PB’s implementation and outputs so far and outlines priorities for future research and practice.
A Process of Growth: The Expansion of Participatory Budgeting in the United States and Canada in 2015 – 16
This report serves as an aggregate analysis of all U.S. and Canadian PB processes from the 2015–16 cycle. This report breaks new ground by making comparisons across key metrics collected from one cycle to the next on all U.S. and Canadian PB processes. By bringing together data from all U.S. and Canadian PB processes and over time, we seek to inform ongoing debates about PB and to advance the practice of PB.
Why Let the People Decide? Elected Officials on Participatory Budgeting
The report, “Why Let the People Decide? Elected Officials on Participatory Budgeting,” is based on confidential interviews with 43 local elected officials from across the country regarding their views of and experiences with PB. Elected officials across the country report that participatory budgeting helped them be more responsive to community needs, improved their political prospects and engaged their constituents more in political life. The biggest challenge officials say they faced was not having enough time, staff and resources to undertake PB effectively.
Public Spending, By The People: Participatory Budgeting In The United States And Canada In 2014 – 15
Participatory budgeting (PB) is among the fastest-growing democratic innovations in the United States and Canada. A total of 46 jurisdictions across 13 cities in the U.S. and Canada undertook PB between July 2014 and June 2015. This report provides an unprecedented summary of key facts and figures of the 2014–15 PB cycle in the U.S. and Canada. It highlights the size and scope of PB in 2014–15 and illustrates substantial variability in how communities implemented and participated in PB.