Can community organizations increase attendance at housing fairs by giving residents personal invitations?
The city of Milwaukee has increased community outreach efforts to get residents to attend and participate in housing programs to improve the neighborhood. Four field experiments were conducted in Milwaukee to test the success of these outreach efforts.
MDL Policy Brief. 2014. “Community Outreach around Housing” Milwaukee, WI: The Marquette Democracy Lab Project
Does the method of voting and/or surrounding factors of the election contribute to whether or not door-to-door mobilization increases voter participation?
In San Diego County certain voters are required to vote by mail while others live in traditional precincts and can vote by going to a polling place. In a field experiment to measure the effects of door-to-door canvassing get out the vote (GOTV) canvassers were randomly assigned to fifty traditional precincts and fifty vote-by-mail precincts. This was leading up to the November 2008 general election. Voting’s social rewards, such as campaign activity, the people running in the election, and the significance of the election, were also considered.
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Does expressing a position help state legislators build support even if their positions are controversial or opposite to the public?
8 Democratic state legislators from a Midwestern state agreed to participate in the experiment. Constituents took surveys before getting letters from the legislators. In the first round one legislator sent some constituents letters taking an opposite stance on an issue while other constituents did not receive a letter. In the second round seven legislators did the same thing except some of the letters had an extensive explanation while others had a brief explanation. Recipients were also surveyed after they received the letters.
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Can municipal governments increase response rates to surveys by telling citizens how it will benefit them and/or their community?
A small town in the Northeast wanted pubic input for a major public redevelopment project. The emailed citizens in their town a link to a survey about the redevelopment project using three different strategies:
Authors: Daniel Butler and Eleanor Powell