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Guest Post: Tell it Straight? The Advantages and Dangers of Parody

By Peter Levine / 2013 June 24th

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts by CIRCLE, which evaluated several initiatives funded by the Democracy Fund to inform and engage voters during the 2012 election. These posts discuss issues of general interest that emerged from specific evaluations. Read More

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Guest Post: How to Reach a Large Scale with High-Quality Messages

By Peter Levine / 2013 June 19th

This is the third in a series of blog posts by CIRCLE, which evaluated several initiatives funded by the Democracy Fund to inform and engage voters during the 2012 election. These posts discuss issues of general interest that emerged from specific evaluations. Read More

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Guest Post: Supporting a Beleaguered News Industry

By Peter Levine / 2013 June 17th

This is the second in a series of blog posts by CIRCLE, which evaluated several initiatives funded by the Democracy Fund to inform and engage voters during the 2012 election. These posts discuss issues of general interest that emerged from specific evaluations. Read More

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Guest Post: Educating Voters in a Time of Political Polarization

By Peter Levine / 2013 June 13th

This is the first in a series of blog posts by CIRCLE, which evaluated several initiatives funded by the Democracy Fund to inform and engage voters during the 2012 election. Our posts discuss issues of general interest that emerged from the specific evaluations. Read More

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Guest Post: Learning from the Democracy Fund’s Early Grants

By Peter Levine / 2013 June 5th

Last year, the Democracy Fund made a series of inaugural grants during the 2012 election that experimented with different approaches to informing voters, exposing them to alternative points of view, and reducing the influence of deceptive political communications. CIRCLE (the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement at Tufts University), was asked to evaluate these projects in order to learn more about their reach and influence. Read More

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Reflections from a Stormy Election Day in Ohio

By Adam Ambrogi / 2013 June 5th

Adam Ambrogi's reflection on election administration and observations during the 2004 Presidential election. Read More

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Improving Local Coverage

By Greg Marx / 2013 May 17th

Greg Marx, Staff writer for CJR and Co-editor for the United States Project, outlines strategies used for improving local coverage and reducing the spread of misinformation during the 2012 Presidential Campaign. Read More

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What We’re Reading

By Justin Anderson / 2013 May 17th

At the Democracy Fund, we work to keep up with the latest research, reports, and analyses to deepen our understanding of our democracy and what we can do to strengthen it. Read More

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7 Submissions Worth Watching at Looking@Democracy

By Joe Goldman / 2013 May 10th

There are just a few days left to vote on the submissions for the MacArthur Foundation’s Looking@Democracy competition. $100,000 in prizes are available for short, provocative media pieces that either tell a story about why government is important to our lives or tell how we might together strengthen American democracy. Read More

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Campaign Finance Research and Experiments

By Joe Goldman / 2013 April 30th

The Democracy Fund approved two new research grants earlier this spring that will help us to better understand more about how certain campaign finance reforms really work in practice, as well as the potential role of technology to improve the regulation of campaign financing. Read More

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