Thomas Jefferson put it best when he said “the government closest to the people serves the people best.” That’s because local elected officials live in the communities they serve. They are accessible and accountable to their neighbors for decisions that affect our shared everyday experience, fostering civic partnership between the government and the governed. Yet the ability of community members to fully participate in that partnership depends upon the strength of the information at their disposal.
The Embarcadero Institute is a 501C3 non-profit organization that publishes analysis that gives context to local policy. It does this by providing evidence of existing conditions, analyzing the potential impacts of legislation and communicating those findings. It seeks to make policy tangible, helping people understand what it means on the ground, not only for themselves and their neighbors but also for the broader community.