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

New York University: GovLab

GovLab, a program within the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University, works to strengthen the ability of institutions and people to work more openly, collaboratively, effectively and legitimately to make better decisions and solve public problems.

WHY WE INVESTED

GovLab, a fiscally-sponsored project of the Fund for the City of New York, works with congressional committees to develop projects using open-source and online software to gain input from experts and constituents during key moments of the legislative process. These projects help Congress use modern communication tools to connect with constituents, improving policy outcomes and boosting public trust in congressional performance.

In 2018, Democracy Fund approved a grant to support one of GovLab’s research projects, CrowdLaw Congress, which highlights international efforts to increase public participation in legislative processes that could be used by our Congress. Following their research, GovLab began conducting pilot projects with congressional committees that can demonstrate new methods for connecting with key stakeholder communities and constituents to the legislative process. If successful, these pilots will assist Congress in adopting modern constituent engagement techniques that can improve policy outcomes and boost public trust in congressional performance.

Learn more about these projects by visiting GovLab’s website or their CrowdLaw project website at congress.crowd.law.

Total Commitment

2019: Up to $200,000 over one year. 2018: Up to $151,800 over one year.

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