What Is Data For Progress?
Hillary Clinton decisively won the popular vote in 2016.
She did not win the presidency.
Though American politics is conducted at the state and congressional district level, polling and analysis are largely done at the national level. We reject that model, and will use state-of-the art techniques in political science and data science to bring layers of nuance and depth to polling.
In addition, political science research has demonstrated that policy-makers don't understand the attitudes of their own constituents. Our first project involves helping reporters, strategists, politicians and commentators understand the geography of public opinion through multilevel regression and post-stratification.
Learning about the political climate is pointless unless we can use that information to bring about change, so we'll be collaborating with social scientists and data scientists to bring the techniques they use every day in the office to advance common sense solutions that improve the lives of all Americans.