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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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Policy Tracking in the UK: How we're tracking the Conservative Party's 2017 manifesto

April 4, 2019
Posted in  by Matt CM
Why we started this, our process, and the challenges.
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Open source code for manifesto trackers around the world

December 2, 2018
Posted in  by Matt CM
Manifesto trackers (sometimes also called 'policy trackers' or 'promise trackers') can play a vital role in increasing accountability of governments, and increasing engagement and participation in democracy. Yet there are very few of them worldwide. That's why we are making our website code available for anyone that want's to use it. Our code is already […]
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2017 general election manifestos

June 3, 2017
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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Fundraising for June 8th - we need your help!

April 25, 2017
Posted in  by Matt CM
Update: our crowdfunder has now closed, but you can still support our 2017 campaign by donating here. Thanks.  The election announcement may have caught us a little off guard but I am fired up and excited about getting Vote for Policies up for the run up to June 8th! With so little time, it's not going […]
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Our methodology

April 6, 2017
Posted in  by Matt CM
This page documents our approach to extracting and summarising the policies from the 2017 political manifestos for inclusion in the Vote for Policies 2017 UK general election survey. Our method was discussed with and consulted on by Ben Worthy at Birkbeck College. Objectives For the 2017 survey, our objectives were based on improvements we wanted to […]
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Develop for Democracy! Volunteer web developers needed

October 14, 2016
Posted in  by Matt CM
Vote for Policies is a volunteer-run, independent, and politically neutral service with the aim of helping more people to vote - and know exactly what they’re voting for. Our website enables people to compare policies without knowing which party they belong to. It’s our method of increasing turnout, and the results are really surprising. Over […]
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Election response - where do we go from here?

May 8, 2015
Posted in  by Matt CM
Whether today's election result brings delight or dismay, we can all agree it's a surprise. Not only is the result different to the polls' predictions, it is also vastly different to the results we see on Vote for Policies when people choose parties based on policies. Why is this? Before answering that we need to recognise how […]
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Thank you to you all

May 8, 2015
Posted in  by Matt CM
What an amazing few months it has been. We've worked closely with so many brilliant people on the 2015 campaign and we want to thank you all for contributing and working so hard to help Vote for Policies reach so many people. We're looking forward to building on this - creating an even better service and reaching more people […]
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Election mash up video: The Housemate Interviews

May 5, 2015
Posted in  by Alana Avery
Which one would steal your food? Which one would clip their toenails in the lounge? Who could deal with a rat in the kitchen? This snappy Friends-inspired parody mash-up video asks the leaders interview questions as they vie to be your new housemate for the next five years. Some very kind creatives made this mash up video for […]
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