Greater Voice, Greater Impact: Americans’ Views on Making Democracy Work for Everyone The Second Report from the Annual Yankelovich Democracy Monitor From impeachment and divisive rhetoric to an aging infrastructure and runaway health care costs, Americans have long faced evidence that neither our politics nor our government functions as it should. The 2020 coronavirus pandemic … Read more
Keeping People Connected: A nuts-and-bolts toolkit for engaging residents, businesses, and property owners in problem-solving, decision-making and community-building is a resource that you can use in your work to help provide helpful, practical tips when engaging with the public. The toolkit starts with diagnostic tools that enable you to begin diagnosing challenges and enables you … Read more
The conditions that support the formation of public judgment have to change with the way information, communications and persuasion change. They do not appear magically, they must be created and, at times, fought for and defended. These papers, by leading thinkers and practitioners across a variety of relevant fields, are intended to help us do precisely that.
Too often, the people working to strengthen democracy have been caught flat-footed by the pace of new trends and innovations. All kinds of changes, many of them driven by technology, are affecting how we live, work, vote, interact, and get information. It has always been difficult to understand the implications of trends in the moment, … Read more
On all kinds of issues, people want more choices, more information and more of a say. Whether the topic is how schools should work or what should be in the local budget, people want their voices to be heard. And residents have a lot to contribute, not only with their input and ideas but with … Read more
The re-released paper and its contributors discuss a range of approaches to reforming our public square. By Matt Leighninger Full paper published at www.medium.com/infogagement In 2014, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) released a paper entitled, Infogagement: Citizenship and Democracy in the Age of Connection, written by Public Agenda’s Vice President of Public Engagement Matt Leighninger, which … Read more
Over four years, Public Agenda partnered with the League for Innovation in the Community College (“the League”) to strengthen their capacity to be field leaders in the practice of effective faculty engagement in the changing landscape of higher education. Public Agenda designed an array of tools and resources to complement the League’s Faculty Voices Project, … Read more
Nationally representative surveys reveal that the vast majority of students who begin community college aim to earn a bachelor’s degree, but fewer than 15 percent achieve that goal within six years of community college entry. As the bachelor’s degree becomes a prerequisite for an increasing number of jobs that pay a family-sustaining wage, students will … Read more
Whether the topic is how schools should work or what should be in the local budget, Vermonters want their voices to be heard. And residents have a lot to contribute, not only with their input and ideas but with their volunteer time and willingness to work together to solve problems. In a variety of ways, … Read more
This white paper examines the extent to which North American PB processes are applying deliberative principles and practices, explores the tensions and challenges in making PB more deliberative, suggests questions for further research and offer recommendations for public officials and practitioners for improving their PB processes.