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This tool shows which issues are most salient in which congressional districts, using Google search data. The tool allows users to search by issue (e.g., abortion, gas prices) and by congressional district. The current data online is from June 6-13, and jobs, taxes, gas prices, firearms, and wages are receiving the “most interest,” while abortion is receiving “medium interest.” Users can see issue salience/interest by absolute or relative interest.
Any kind of data may be less objectively interpretable than it may seem. Scientific processes and “facts” have always been created by humans who exist in power structures and have biases. Creating quantitative data that cover an entire population is a good step toward capturing relevant evidence about all groups, but we should still be careful to understand the biases we use to interpret data points and categories they’re put in. Dr. Mareike Schomerus is Vice President at the Busara Center in Nairobi. In this video, she shares her experiences with practical ways to design research and use data in ways that are both good science as well as grounded in local reality.
2021 saw significant activity across the political tech space. This report describes relevant developments and trends. Social media platforms imposed limitations on individual targeting for political ads, forcing campaigns to explore alternative influencer-focused messaging strategies. Given recent underperformance at the ballot box, stakeholders dedicated more resources to studying the rightward shift of the Latinx voter base. Headlined by the acquisition of NGP VAN’s parent company EveryAction, merger and acquisition activity notably increased, demonstrating the growth and maturation of the political tech market. A small number of campaigns began to accept cryptocurrency donations, responding to our nation’s growing interest in emerging Web3 technologies.
Climate content on Reddit has gotten lots of attention over recent years. This resource includes 9 years worth of the “most successful” content (by most upvotes) posted on Reddit by Phillip Newell of Climate Nexus. The top post, for example, is “The '1%' are the main drivers of climate change, but it hits the poor the hardest: Oxfam report” (77.2k upvotes).
State Voices' 2022 Tools & Tech Guide has the latest digital tools and vendors, including texting services, cell-compliant dialers, digital organizing, online fundraising, relational organizing, digital marketing, advocacy, and bill tracking. This resource is the result of multi-year research from State Voices' Data and Technology Department. You can also learn more about technology recommendations for essential items like office chairs, laptops, webcams, docking stations, headphones, scheduling tools, computer monitors, and security software.
Figuring out where to start with digital tools can be daunting. Check out these practical tips for moving forward incorporating digital tools into your climte advocacy work. Here are the first three tips – open up the tip sheet to see more!
Poll: On social media, Gen Z and Millennial adults interact more with climate change content than older generations
- Among U.S. social media users, 45% of Gen Z adults and 40% of Millennials have interacted with content on social platforms that focuses on the need for action on climate change by following an account, liking or commenting on a post, or posting or sharing content about the need for action on climate change.
- Majorities of Gen Z (69%) and Millennial social media users (59%) say it made them feel anxious about the future the last time they saw content on social media about addressing climate change. Fewer than half of Gen X (46%) and Baby Boomer and older social media users (41%) say they felt this way the last time they saw climate content.
- Generations also differ when it comes to positive emotional reactions: 54% of Gen Z and 53% of Millennial social media users say they felt motivated to learn more about climate change issues the last time they saw climate content on social platforms, compared with 43% of Gen X and 39% of Baby Boomer and older users.
- Among climate-engaged social media users, 73% favor phasing out the production of new gasoline-powered cars and trucks by the year 2035, and 54% think the U.S. should phase out the use of fossil fuels in energy production entirely. By contrast, much smaller shares of social media users who do not engage with climate content support either of these two proposals (39% and 27%, respectively).
Every year M+R Strategies, a digital services firm for progressive non-profits, releases its Benchmarks Study. The 2021 version analyzes the nonprofit digital advocacy and fundraising field using data from over 220 participating organizations. The Study covers these areas:
- Digital advertising
- Email messaging
- Mobile/SMS messaging
- Social media
- Website traffic and useage
Getting wins increasingly depends on engaging voters online, using digital advocacy and engagement tools, platforms, and vendor services. Since 2019, State Voices has demo-d over 50 tools for functions such as relational organizing, phone dialing, and online fundraising, and distilled this information into a guide to help progressive organizations navigate a complex digital space and find tools to meet their needs. In this guide, you will find an overview of each tool, including pros and cons, and cost and technical support information, as well as a breakdown of State Voices favorites.
This is a basic introduction to effectively leading online meetings and events. This focuses on techniques you can use with any platform (Zoom, jitsi, Google Hangouts, conference calls, GoToMeetings, Blackboard Collaborate, etc) and tries to be tech neutral to reach the widest audience. Some suggestions include: take a good hard look at your curriculum or goals and expect to do much, much less; use this precious space to make connection—in the face of social distance, these may be some of the rare times people will be connected to their peers and friends; give yourself a break—you being uptight or mentally exhausted will do no good for those you are leading online. Some other pieces of advice include: there are plenty of things you can’t do online; people don’t do their best learning while under stress; and you have your own learning curve to teach on a new electronic platform.