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.