The New York Metro Agenda
New York City is where Public Agenda began in 1975, and the organization has deep ties to the many diverse cultures, ethnicities, races, identities, and religions that make our city great. Our public engagement and research work in New York addresses entrenched inequities in communities across the five boroughs and helps those most vulnerable raise up their voice and participate in democracy. We also partner with government offices, policymakers, foundations, nonprofits, and grassroots organizations to help build learning tools, conduct deep listening to understand community challenges, and facilitate engagement around those challenges. The ultimate goal of our work is to create a stronger, more inclusive, more participatory democracy where community members and leaders work together to build healthier communities.
Our projects range from co-designing community-driven resiliency plans in Jamaica Bay, offering technical assistance to the NYC Department of Small Businesses Services’ Avenue NYC initiative, conducting an engagement scan of community strengths and weaknesses in the Bronx for NYC Service and the Community Affairs Unit, and facilitating conversations around racial equity with the New York Public Library.
Bringing residents, scientists and local government together to empower community-led action in response to climate change.
Working with community-based development organizations to provide technical assistance and strategic guidance.
Exploring the ways that community members in the Norwood neighborhood of the Bronx mobilize around shared issues and concerns, as well as the structures and supports that catalyze engagement.
Reports & Resources
How COVID-19 Has Impacted Engagement: Learning from a Neighborhood in the Bronx
New Yorkers Call for Government to Monitor Quality of Doctors and Hospitals
A Day on the Bay: Creating Community Through Research
A Model of Public Engagement in New York City
Setting Equity Goals for Digital Tools in New York City
In Solving Region's Problems, New York Area Residents See a Role for Government, and for Themselves
What Do Residents of the Greater New York Metro Area Worry About Most?
Equitable and Inclusive Engagement: BIPOC Women Leading Disaster Recovery - February 24, 2021
Equitable and Inclusive Engagement: Creating an Accessible Virtual Meeting Space - January 27, 2021