Our Philosophy

Evidence matters.

While we bring our collective experience into this work, we believe having data to back up our actions is important. Our original research complements ongoing studies being conducted by others in the field. Data informs our strategies and policy positions to ensure they align with our organizational mission.

Areas of Research

Voter Fraud

The fear of voter fraud has been a regular topic in our recent national narrative. It dominated political discussion following the last presidential election.


Public Wise conducted a series of non-voter focus groups after the 2020 election cycle in our four priority states: Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania

Voting Ease

Public Wise conducted a study to understand the relationship between voting laws and voter turnout.

Our Team

The Public Wise research department is exclusively staffed by PhDs who have studied poverty, economic insecurity, race and inequality, neighborhood change, and social control.

Jessie Kalbfeld, PhD
Research Director

Sara Moore, PhD
Senior Research Associate