Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Democracy Fund

Georgetown University: Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation

The Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University engages students and practitioners to innovate scalable solutions, and provides the space and resources to incubate their ideas and test what works. In this way, students can deliver the right social impact outcomes.

Why We Invested

The Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation is working to provide Congress with actionable steps to modernize its data collection and evidence-based policy making practices. To accomplish this, they will conduct research and interviews with congressional staff and other stakeholders to better understand motivations and needs and pilot new methods or “pathways” that demonstrate evidence-based policy. Using their results, they will compile and share recommendations through authoring case studies and articles, speaking at public events, partnering with other organizations, and educating staff and members of Congress.

Democracy Fund is proud to help the Beeck Center provide Congress with the guidance it needs to take advantage of existing and emerging sources of data generated by federal agencies during the legislative process. With reliable and trustworthy data at its fingertips, congressional committees and member offices will be better equipped to make informed decisions independently from special interests and the Executive Branch.

Total Commitment

2019: $350,000 over two years.