Research Topics

The Research

The resources provided by the Democracy & Power Innovation Fund (DPI) cover a diverse range of topics central to building and sustaining a progressive, multiracial democracy. These materials delve into the intricacies of community-led organizing, civic engagement, and the development of progressive power, with a particular focus on communities of color.

DPI Organizing Lab

The DPI Organizing Lab is a collaboration across a group of base-building groups to support the collection and analysis of organizing data that groups can use to evaluate their organizing programs, with the goal of improving strategy, practice, and impact. This innovative project focuses on data that helps groups understand their core work (organizing that supports winning change) rather than data that focuses on last-mile voter contact inputs (e.g., door knocks, number of conversations).

Understanding & Measuring Power

Building on lessons from the work of the DPI Organizing Lab, we have worked with our state partners to develop an analytic framework for how to understand and measure power. This approach supports organizations in identifying and measuring the activities, strategies, and tactics that are effective in their work to build base, organize collective capacities, and achieve external influence and impact.

Narrative and Identity

The DPI Fund’s narrative and identity research focuses on how to connect with, engage, and inspire Black, Latino, AAPI and Native voters to lean into their agency and increase their civic participation. In this work, we are exploring the values that drive civic participation, the ideological differences within demographic groups, and how organizations can promote the sense of community and belonging that is necessary as a foundation for political engagement.