Communications Advice

This is an overview of Public Works’ Talking about Government research findings. It includes brief descriptions of the stories and frames that shape public thinking and recommendations for communicating in ways that can help change public discourse about the role of government in our society. 
04/02/2011
Video
On March 29th, 2011 Public Works hosted a webinar on ways to take advantage of tax season as an opportunity to communicate a different story about the role of taxes in our country. While it focuses on Tax Freedom Day, it includes universal examples for any situation. This guide provides strategies...
03/29/2011
Publication
Reflecting on the current anti-government sentiment, Patrick Bresette—Associate Program Director of Public Works: The Dēmos Center for the Public Sector— calls for a need to rebuild trust in government by rebuilding trust in each other: finding shared goals, identifying common purposes and...
03/03/2011
News/Resource
This guide includes strategies for defending public services and the revenues needed to support them. Produced during the anti-government, budget-slashing political climate of 2010-2011, this report advocates for affirming the role of public services, systems, and structures. It examines dominant...
12/10/2010
Publication
This video summarizes economic research findings conducted between 2007-2009 by the Topos Partnership in collaboration with Public Works. The presentation describes the dominant public perception of the economy and includes a new economic narrative to reshape this perception. 
12/01/2010
Video
This is an overview of Public Works’ field-research on how Americans perceive government. While the most common default view of government is negative, a more constructive perspective emerges when the discourse is framed positively. This presentation demonstrates the effectiveness of this framing...
11/15/2010
Video
This short presentation addresses how to communicate about taxes more productively. This video describes the prevailing themes in anti-tax rhetoric and includes tools to foster a more pragmatic discussion about the role that taxes play in our society. For this discussion to be fruitful, the public...
11/15/2010
Video
Dominant public perceptions of government undermine efforts to engage citizens in the day-to-day work of the public sector and the many challenges, decisions and competing priorities that face our public systems. However, it is possible to create a more productive conversation about government if...
09/03/2010
Publication
Public Works began this far-reaching effort with groundbreaking analysis and thorough, multifaceted research that examined Americans' attitudes toward the public sector. This research, which was originally conducted in 2004–2005 by the FrameWorks Institute and re–tested in 2008–2009 by the Topos...
05/06/2010
Publication
Taxes support the government services that undergird the quality of life Americans enjoy. As communicators, we must promote this unique and foundational role that taxes play. We can do this by explicitly communicating the relationship between the purpose of taxes and the well-being Americans...
03/12/2010
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