Public Agenda

About Us

Public Agenda partners with citizens and leaders to help them navigate complex and divisive issues.

Through nonpartisan research and public engagement, we provide the insights, tools and support people need to build common ground and arrive at solutions that work for them. In doing so, we are proving that it is possible to make progress on critical issues regardless of our differences.

In all of our work, we seek to help build a democracy in which problem solving triumphs over gridlock and inertia, and where public policy reflects the thoughtful input and values of the nation's citizens.

Nonpartisan and nonprofit, Public Agenda was founded by social scientist and author Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance in 1975.

We work to help leaders and citizens move toward solutions on a variety of issues. These include K-12 education, higher education, energy issues and climate change, health care, and the federal budget deficit and national debt.

Public Agenda: Transforming Conflicts into Solutions