Month: December 2017

Cook Center’s New Brief on Civic Wealth

On December 8th, 2017, The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity released a new research brief on the concept of civic wealth, written in collaboration with the Scholars Strategy Network and Insight Center for Community Economic Development. All three organizations work to translate research into policy, and their latest research is doing just that.

The Research Brief introduces a new concept through which to understand the current and historical political landscape in the United States: civic wealth. Using economic wealth as a parallel notion, the authors posit that civic wealth is a combination of a person or community’s civic assets minus their civic liabilities. Civic assets may include qualities such as a higher sense of efficacy, high political knowledge or social connectedness. Civic liabilities take away the ability to fully participate in politics, including such things as mass incarceration, stigmatization, voter suppression or caregiver responsibilities.

Using civic wealth as a framework for understanding civic participation can inform efforts to engage marginalized communities in the political process. The authors argue that “failure of scholars and practitioners to correctly diagnose the cause of low levels of civic participation lead to ineffectual prescriptions” and that “the concept of “civic wealth” is a productive corrective.” While the concept is still being “operationalized” it has the potential to provide policymakers with a better understanding of the forces driving (and discouraging) political participation, leading to more effective solutions for mobilizing marginalized communities.

To learn more about the research, check out the authors behind the brief:

  • Avi Green, Executive Director of the Scholars Strategy Network
  • Jamila Michener, Professor of Government at Cornell University
  • Shauna Shames, Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University
  • Jhumpa Bhattacharya, Director of Racial Equity and Strategy at the Insight Center for Community Economic Development

Policy Brief Workshop

Policy Bridge invites Duke faculty and researchers to participate in our policy brief workshop on January 23rd with writing exercises led by Dean Storelli, the Duke Center for International Development’s writing and communications trainer. We will also be premiering our new brief template that can be easily used for policy brief writing beginners.

The focus of this workshop will be communicating technical expertise through a policy brief to a non-academic, policy audience. We will cover key elements of brief writing, writing style editing, and using the Policy Bridge brief template for an existing research paper. This workshop is open to all faculty and other researchers interested in learning how to better translate research into policy.

Please bring a policy brief idea and laptop with you to prepare to draft one section of your brief during the workshop.

When:  Tuesday, January 23rd  from 11:30-1:00 pm

Where: Sanford School of Public Policy- Room 223

RSVP at  Space is limited.

Lunch will be served.

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