Establishing a pilot program to advance digital innovation in the nonprofit policy-research field

This project will establish and pilot a new Center for Digital Information (CDI) based at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, to support digital innovation in the field of policy research. CDI will establish and model best practices in the production of digital information; convene practitioners, stakeholders and distributors of policy research; and serve as a resource to policy researchers, research organizations and their funders in a rapidly evolving digital landscape. Deliverables will include: (1) two interactive models of new ways to use digital media to communicate health policy research; (2) a Changing Digital Information Landscape Roundtable for staffs of foundations and policy researchers to consider new trends, best practices, technological breakthroughs and challenges, and their implications for funders and distributors of policy research; (3) a CDI launch event for the policy research field, philanthropists and technology leaders; and (4) a CDI website,, that will feature a searchable showcase of innovative presentations of policy information and a dashboard for policy information that will draw on the latest data on digital technology and information.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $387,621.00

Awarded on: 7/14/2011

Time frame: 9/15/2011 - 3/31/2013

Grant Number: 69265


University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication

3620 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, 19104-6220


Michael X. Delli Carpini
Project Director


Jeffrey David Stanger
Project Director