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Back to basics: end of an era, start of a new one

July 8, 2021
Posted in  by Matt CM
As many of our supporters know well, funding has been the nut we’ve been trying to crack for a while. Personally I’ve been trying to balance growing Vote for Policies with earning a living, and for many years I have been working only part time (or not at all!) to make space for the work […]
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Does Voter ID mean Voter Suppression?

May 12, 2021
Posted in  by Matt CM
The stats suggest it does. We all want to protect the integrity of elections. After all, voting is the 'flagship' act of democracy. That's why it is a real concern that from 2023 voters will be required to show ID for all UK-wide and English elections. Evidence shows voter impersonation is a minor problem. Trials […]
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A policy tracker for your organisation

May 11, 2021
Posted in  by Matt CM
Holding the government to account should be something any organisation can do, not just those with large budgets and policy teams. When we have complete transparency on government progress for issues we care about, we can better focus or efforts on the areas that make the biggest difference. Just like the tracker we created for […]
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Embed democracy (in your website!)

February 25, 2021
Posted in  by Matt CM
You can now embed our live youth policy tracker directly into your website! Our mission is to provide UK citizens with the tools and support they need to engage and actively participate. We do that through partnerships with organisations who work with specific communities, just as we did with the British Youth Council (BYC) in creating our […]
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Powered by Youth: a new direction for our manifesto tracker

December 5, 2020
Posted in  by Leon Prescod
Why? At Vote for Policies, our mission is to increase voter turnout.  We provide services that aim to help everyone become better informed and more involved in our democracy.  But in line with our mission, our principal focus is engaging groups of people who are not turning out to vote.  So who are those people? […]
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2019 General Election 'manifesto comparison' survey results released

September 16, 2020
Posted in  by Matt CM
Results from our 2019 General Election 'manifesto comparison' survey are now available, showing data for England, Scotland, and Wales, including results from each constituency.
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How we created the Youth section on our manifesto tracker

September 4, 2020
Posted in  by Leon Prescod
At Vote for Policies, our mission is to increase voter turnout.  We provide services that aim to help everyone become better informed and more involved in our democracy.  Our Tracker monitors the progress of promises made by the government in their election manifesto, and provides tools and resources for people to get involved with issues […]
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One vote, one party - but how much do we agree with the party we vote for?

August 14, 2020
Posted in  by Matt Chocqueel-Mangan & Cyrus New
We crunched the numbers from the 1.1 million responses to our pre-election survey in 2019. The ‘average’ respondent bases their political decisions on around 6 issues, and selects policies from three to four different political parties. Just 1.9% of users choose policies from a single party. This article explains our approach to the analysis, and what the results mean for our democracy.
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2019 wrap-up: Good result for VfP, bad result for democracy

January 9, 2020
Posted in  by Matt CM
Looking back at the 2019 general election, how did it go from the perspective of an organisation committed to improving participation in elections? One of the more surprising outcomes was that the Vote for Policies survey was taken 1.1 million times in the 12 days it was live. This is more than any other election […]
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The 2019 survey: what's changed...

November 29, 2019
Posted in  by Matt CM
As with the 2017 survey, we made some changes to the categories we used. It's always a compromise, but our aim is to do what provides the most value for most people. Categories The changes we made were based upon reading through the manifestos and seeing areas of consistency across parties. The change we made […]
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