Strengthening Democracy

Strengthening American democracy through collaboration, cooperation, and crowdsourcing.
We thank everyone who submitted to the SDC. We have selected submissions and are currently evaluating them in a large, online experiment.

Do you have an idea about how to improve commitment to democratic principles that you would like us to test?


Join the challenge!

American democracy is under threat. Many Americans are willing to compromise on democratic principles for partisan goals. Some are even willing to resort to violence to help their side win. Extreme dislike for the other side has grown significantly in recent decades, and may also erode commitments to democratic principles.


Anti-democratic attitudes, support for partisan violence, and extreme levels of partisan animosity have troubling consequences for democracy, and we want you to help! We invite you to submit an intervention to reduce one, two, or all three of these outcomes. If your intervention is selected, we will test how well it works in a massive, online experiment.

Complete details of the Strengthening Democracy Challenge can be found in our handbook.

You may download a template of the submission form here.

You may view our FAQs here.




On Demand

Were you unable to make it to one of our live workshops? Please check out our recorded session at the link below.



Monday, September 13, 2021

11AM-12PM PT / 2-3PM ET

Would you like more information on how to participate? Please attend our workshop via Zoom.



Monday, August 30, 2021

1PM-2PM PT / 4-5PM ET

Would you like more information on how to participate? Please attend our workshop via Zoom.

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is the Strengthening Democracy Challenge?

The challenge is a joint project between academics and practitioners to crowdsource and identify short, scalable interventions to reduce anti-democratic attitudes, support for partisan violence, and/or partisan animosity among Americans.

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submit an idea?

Join a collective effort to identify interventions that help address pressing problems in today’s political world. Contributors also have the opportunity to win prizes and be co-authors in published research.

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do I participate?

We have designed the submission process for this challenge to be accessible to all - whether you have designed interventions before, or just have an idea for one. Click here to learn more about how to submit your idea.

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is organizing the challenge?



Northwestern's Political Science Research Lab

Researchers at Columbia University