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New Public Agenda Report Reveals Chicago Residents’ Priorities for Public Schools

May 14, 2024 – Public Agenda, a research-to-action nonprofit dedicated to building a democracy that works for everyone, announced today the release of a new report shedding light on the pressing concerns and priorities of Chicago residents regarding their public schools.  Full Report Here Supported by the Joyce Foundation, the research features findings from a …

Public Agenda Introduces Inaugural Grantees for Democracy Renewal Project, Kickstarting Exploration of Trust and Access to Elections

March 27, 2024 – Public Agenda, a research-to-action nonprofit dedicated to building a democracy that works for everyone, today announced its inaugural slate of grantees for the Democracy Renewal Project. $500,000 in funding will be dispersed to ten teams of scholars from political science and other social science disciplines to conduct practice-relevant studies showing how …

With Support from Arnold Ventures, Public Agenda to Explore How Employers can Advocate for Health Care Affordability

December 5, 2023 – Public Agenda, a non-profit research-to-action organization dedicated to creating a democracy that works for everyone, announced today that it received $278,840 in support from Arnold Ventures to survey people with employer-sponsored health insurance about their views on regulating hospital prices.  “Hospital systems’ prices get passed on to employers and employees in …

Public Agenda Launches Democracy Renewal Project to Boost Access and Trust in Elections

The research-to-action nonprofit Public Agenda has launched the Democracy Renewal Project to catalyze actionable research on unanswered questions at the heart of democratic renewal Public Agenda’s new ‘research accelerator’ model will create momentum for scholars, researchers, practitioners, and funders in the democracy ecosystem by building an evidence base Emily Sandusky, PhD, joins Public Agenda as …

Public Agenda Announces Partnership with The Kresge Foundation to Light the Path Toward Economic Mobility for Low Income Students

September 19, 2023 – Public Agenda, a non-profit research-to-action organization dedicated to creating a democracy that works for everyone, announced today that they received $375,000 in funding from The Kresge Foundation to begin an in-depth case study initiative of colleges and universities providing the greatest economic mobility for low-income students. “Increased costs, a higher reliance …

New Public Agenda Report: Americans Widely Agree On Racial Equality, But Differ Over The Impacts of Racism And How To Address It

A strong majority (91%) of Americans believe everyone, regardless of race or ethnicity, deserves an equal opportunity to succeed. However, about four in ten Americans, including 61% of Republicans, believe efforts to combat racism are making life more difficult for white Americans Policies to address racism such as expanding higher ed access and teaching about …

Former Obama Staffer Michael Itzkowitz joins Public Agenda as Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Public Agenda, a non-partisan research to action organization, today announced the appointment of Michael Itzkowitz as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow, joining its roster of talented researchers and policy experts. With more than 10 years of experience in federal education policy, his work focuses on developing accountability metrics that produce better outcomes for postsecondary students and …

New Public Agenda Report: Alumni Express Only Tepid Satisfaction with Online For-Profit Colleges

8% of alumni of online for-profit colleges say they were very satisfied, while 70% of alumni of online nonprofit colleges were very satisfied Just 39% of for-profit online alumni believe that getting their degree was worth it, compared to 57% of nonprofit online alumni Half of for-profit online alumni say their college prioritized profits, while …

New Public Agenda Report: For-Profit College Alumni Question the Value of Their Degrees and Are Unsure of Their Schools’ Motives

Half of for-profit alumni believe their college prioritized profits over students, while only 38% believe their degree was worth the cost A significant fraction of for-profit alumni and non-completers say their schools fell short on making tutors available, providing internships and work experience, career services, or job placement Most for-profit alumni and non-completers with loans …

New Public Agenda Report: Religious and Spiritual Americans Look to Connect Across Partisan Divides – But Americans Are Skeptical About the Role Religion Should Play In Political Life

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