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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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2019 general election manifestos

November 29, 2019
Posted in  by Matt CM
Let's face it, the only way we're ever going to know everything the parties are promising to do is by reading their manifestos! So here they are. England, Scotland and Wales Below are links to the 2017 manifestos for the parties we included in our survey covering England, Scotland and Wales. Where available, we have […]
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Top tips for voters in 2019

August 18, 2019
Posted in  by Matt CM
When you take the Vote for Policies survey you'll most likely choose policies from more than one party, so how do you decide which party to vote for? Ultimately there is no substitute for reading the manifestos in full (gulp!), but if that idea fills you with dread, here are a few tips to help you […]
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How to edit a policy

May 4, 2019
Posted in  by Matt CM
If you think a verdict needs updating, go ahead and submit an edit! Here's how...
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Writing Style Guide for our Manifesto Tracker

May 4, 2019
Posted in  by Matt CM
How we approach the research and writing on Policy Tracker.
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