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Public Agenda Partners with WNYC Public Radio

PublicAgenda-logoWe are very excited to share that our friends at Public Agenda, an NCDD member organization, recently announced that they have formed a new partnership with WNYC, the premier public radio broadcaster in New York. The partnership is the inaugural project for PA´s new Deborah Wadsworth Fund, and will be aimed at really understanding what issues New Yorkers are thinking about:

Through focus groups and a major survey, Public Agenda and WNYC will illuminate the concerns, priorities and aspirations of local residents when it comes to the public policy issues our region faces. The research will place a special emphasis on those issues that residents most want to have a voice in and where they feel their personal input and involvement is most needed.

Findings from the research will be released in the second half of 2015 in a public report, and will inform programming on The Brian Lehrer Show and other WNYC programs. As such, we view the research not as a set of conclusions, but rather a means to spark conversations that can help the public work together with civic leaders and public officials on solutions to our most pressing challenges.

There has long been a powerful potential for collaborations between D&D organizations like PA and public media – especially public radio – and we are so pleased to see this partnership taking shape. The focus groups and survey research will only be the beginning:

The research will help Public Agenda and WNYC pull out the topics that matter most to residents, set a frame for discussion of those topics based on what residents have to say about them, and host public dialogue on them.

“This collaboration will elevate the priorities of the public in our area and promote dialogue about what they care about, rather than let partisan politics or interest groups set the agenda,” said [Public Agenda President Will] Friedman about the partnership… The results of the research will guide subsequent on-the-ground work in the New York region.

We congratulate Public Agenda and WNYC on starting this important work, and we are looking forward to hearing more about it as it moves forward and starts to produce results!

You can learn more from the original announcement about the project on Public Agenda´s blog by visiting www.publicagenda.org/blogs/new-wnyc-partnership-will-engage-new-yorkers-on-their-top-concerns.

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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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