Will Friedman, Ph.D. | Friday, January 15th, 2016
Public opinion research can be both a boon for democracy and a bane. It all depends on whether it is done well and how it is used.
Matt Leighninger and Tina Nabatchi | Friday, October 23rd, 2015
In the last decade, more direct, innovative, interactive — and democratic — forms of participation have emerged, giving us new sets of numbers to collect and analyze.
Will Friedman, Ph.D. | Friday, July 24th, 2015
Public Agenda President Will Friedman was invited by the South Australia Premier's Office to consult on the state's public engagement strategy and initiatives.
Jean Johnson | Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
In a world of "messaging," let's not forget the importance of listening.
Will Friedman, Ph.D. | Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
In response to a new study that suggests we are becoming a more polarized people, Will Friedman argues that the public may not be as divided as it seems.
Will Friedman, Ph.D. | Sunday, June 22nd, 2014
Our nation's people are not as politically divided as they often appear.
Will Friedman, Ph.D. | Thursday, May 29th, 2014
Higher-education leaders and policymakers should also pursue a complementary strategy that gives students themselves more agency as consumers.
Carolin Hagelskamp, Ph.D. | Friday, March 21st, 2014
Even though improving job prospects weighs heavily on the minds of the currently enrolled students we spoke to, few know information about the types of jobs and salaries typical of graduates from their school.
David Schleifer, Ph.D. | Friday, February 28th, 2014
Proposals to fix Medicare’s sustainable growth rate include provisions to reward physicians for providing high-value rather than high-volume care. But would patients necessarily be aware that their physicians are being paid differently? And would they even care?
Will Friedman, Ph.D. and Carolin Hagelskamp, Ph.D. | Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Better school performance data is insufficient for helping prospective students choose a college wisely. Many students do not immediately understand how this data relates to their own chances for success in college and in the work force.
Will Friedman, Ph.D. | Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Within our current political climate, particularly when it comes to national politics, finding workable solutions can feel Herculean. Fortunately, on the local level there are great examples of communities working together to make progress on important challenges.
Jean Johnson | Friday, September 20th, 2013
The top ten college majors offering the best starting salaries are all STEM. Should today's college students sidestep courses in art history and music, and should colleges and universities make STEM education their top priority?
Allison Rizzolo and Ellen Behrstock-Sherratt | Friday, August 16th, 2013
For teachers to truly have an impact on education policy, advocating for a seat at the table is just step one in a long, arduous, yet essential path.
Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson | Monday, August 5th, 2013
The federal government’s latest international energy projections are out, and there’s no question we’re living in a time of enormous change—and perhaps remarkably little progress.
Jean Johnson | Friday, July 19th, 2013
How do you know when a teacher is doing a good job? Are schools doing enough to insure that we have effective teachers and that we're supporting them? These questions are on the table in school districts nationwide as debates over teacher evaluation policies heat up.
Will Friedman, Ph.D. | Friday, June 28th, 2013
At the level of national politics, the American democracy is in clear crisis. Rampant gridlock and partisan bickering undermine progress and earn the mistrust and frustration of the populace. Fortunately, a better story is unfolding in many local settings.
Will Friedman, Ph.D. and Carolin Hagelskamp, Ph.D. | Thursday, June 20th, 2013
Initiatives to boost parent involvement will fall short if education leaders do not recognize a key fact: It's not a one-size-fits-all proposition.
Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson | Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
The latest federal statistics on carbon emissions by state show some regions are pumping a lot more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than others.
Jean Johnson | Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
Most American parents readily agree with the premise that parents are a crucial ingredient in a child's educational success. But what exactly do we mean by "parental involvement"?
Will Friedman, Ph.D. | Monday, May 6th, 2013
Our nation's leaders routinely and repeatedly fail to work together and compromise to solve problems. Only by setting aside the excuses can we build a future fit for our children, rather than leaving them with dwindling hopes and the dregs of our dysfunction.
Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson | Monday, April 29th, 2013
A mistake in economists Kenneth Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart's influential study causes us to take a closer look at the best way to judge growth in the economy.
Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson | Monday, April 29th, 2013
Improving the nation's power grid is a huge task. Is "Race to the Top" the right model?
Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson | Thursday, March 28th, 2013
The Obama administration opened talks in Arkansas and Ohio to allow the states to use federal Medicaid money to buy private health insurance for their low-income residents. If it goes through, it will be an unexpected pairing of progressive and conservative ideas -- one pragmatists may find encouraging.
Scott Bittle | Thursday, March 21st, 2013
Over the last half-century, America has shifted from a manufacturing economy to a service economy, and that has had a significant impact on our energy use. But the change from manufacturing jobs to service jobs has come at considerable social cost as well.
Scott Bittle | Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
The Government Accountability Office, the federal government's independent auditor and watchdog agency, added climate change to its list of "high risk" threats to the nation's fiscal health.
Will Friedman, Ph.D. | Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
As the city shapes its future post-Sandy, can it also become a role model for how a community of leaders and citizens can work together to solve complex and potentially volatile public problems?
Will Friedman, Ph.D. | Thursday, December 20th, 2012
Schools identified as high-poverty or high-needs often pose the biggest challenge to educators. They can also evoke the most pessimism. How can kids learn, people ask, when they lack adequate food, clothing or safety on the way to class?
Scott Bittle | Friday, November 16th, 2012
Imagining a positive outcome for a strategy as dumb as the fiscal cliff is a challenge. If all the provisions went into force, the cliff would, in fact, do a lot to put the budget on a sustainable course.
Jean Johnson | Thursday, November 15th, 2012
Going over the fiscal cliff is basically austerity on steroids. It means that taxes will rise suddenly for nearly everyone.
Ellen Behrstock-Sherratt and Allison Rizzolo | Thursday, November 1st, 2012
Chicago Public Schools teachers recently took to the streets for the first time in a quarter-century to protest the new teacher evaluation system alongside more traditional bread-and-butter issues.