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Research & Events

In Progress

Randomized Controlled Experiments on Campaign Finance Reform

Fordham University

Researchers at Fordham and other partner universities will conduct a series of field experiments to learn more about the role of money in the American political system and to assess the value of different reforms.

Using Technology to Improve Campaign Compliance with Small-Donor Matching Programs

Reinvent Albany

A group of technology and policy experts will produce a report that recommends how New York State could use technology to modernize compliance and reporting of campaign finance contributions under a proposed small-donor matching system.

Assessing Conservative Views on Campaign Finance Reform

Fund for the Republic

A research team working with Fund for the Republic will survey conservative leaders in order to better understand their attitudes and views about campaign financing and the US political system.


Best Practices in the Administration of Elections

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Leading researchers from MIT, Harvard, and several other universities will compile best practices in the administration of elections in order to inform the practices of local election officials as well as the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.

Mapping the Flows of Political Reform Funding

FOUNDATION CENTER

The Foundation Center will develop a common taxonomy to categorize the types of grants made to support political reform and develop an interactive map to show how nonprofits working on political reform in the US are funded.

Ranked Choices Voting and Its Effects on the Tone of Campaigning

FAIRVOTE

A team of researchers from several universities will study whether ranked choice voting produces more civil campaign behavior by looking at current elections in 2013 and 2014, as well as historical records from elections in past cycles.


End-to-End Verifiable Remote Voting Specification and Assessment Study

Overseas Vote Foundation

E2E encryption and election system scientists, usability specialists, audit and voting system testing experts will join with election officials to specify and evaluate a new approach to secure, online voting for military, overseas and disabled voters.

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Campaign Finance Institute Money in Politics Working Group

RESEARCH AGENDA FOR MONEY IN POLITICS

The Campaign Finance Institute is a non-partisan, specialized think tank committed to objective research and public education in the service of democratic participation and accountability.... Read More

2012 Impact Evaluations

CIRCLE

Tuft University researchers evaluated a series of programs that intended to inform voters, expose them to alternative points of view, and reduce political deception during the 2012 election.... Read More

Business Perspectives on Campaign Finance

Committee on Economic Development

CED surveyed business leaders in order to better understand their attitudes about campaign financing and the US political system.... Read More


Experiments in Fact Checking and Civil Discourse

New America Foundation

Scholars from Dartmouth University, the University of Texas, and Georgia State University conducted real-world experiments to learn about how media can more effectively fact check political leaders and expose readers to more diverse points of view.... Read More

Faith, Politics, and Our Better Angels

Faith & Politics Institute

Twenty faith leaders from across the political spectrum came together in June 2012 to discuss the importance of promoting civility in the public sphere and find ways to work together.... Read More