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Mission: New Power for Progressive Politics

Democracy Labs is a hub for ongoing technology and creative innovation in service of a healthy democracy at the national, state, and local levels.

We focus on long term, sustainable and affordable solutions. An approach that is longer than an election cycle, and isn’t purely dependent on volunteers, can enable more qualified candidates to run for office and for more issue groups to bring about positive social change with little funds.

Democracy Labs is a project of the Tides Advocacy Fund.

New Ways to Win

Identify Needs

We start by identifying the key needs that could have the biggest impact on the most races. We hold workshops that bring together groups of experienced political professionals, technologists, creatives and activists. Small multi-disciplinary teams focus on the needs identified and evaluate possible solutions.

We Convene



Experts to help. Events to learn from.



What's working. Best Practices.



Projects that need your skills.



Documented and tested resources.

New Ways to Win

Find & Test Solutions

DemLabs does not develop software nor create media content. We look for existing solutions that might already exist in the commercial sector or are available from new political-tech startups. This lowers the costs and the long time cycles needed to develop new software. We test these solutions with partners on both advocacy campaigns and races for elected office. They’re evaluated on this criteria:


Can the solution be ramped up to support hundreds of races and campaigns?


How easy is to understand and deploy? Could a team without much technical expertise use it?


How much impact can do they make for the cost incurred? How does it compare with other approaches?


Solution impact amidst campaign tasks and expenses for candidates/groups.

Lead Time

How long will it take to roll out and implement?

What type of solutions or resources are you looking for?