The Kettering Foundation’s primary research question is, what does it take to make democracy work as it should?

The foundation seeks to identify and address the challenges to making democracy work as it should through interrelated program areas that focus on citizens, communities, and institutions. Kettering’s research suggests that democracy requires:

Responsible citizens who can make sound choices about their future;

Communities of citizens acting together to address common problems; and

Institutions with public legitimacy that contribute to strengthening society.

Kettering’s research is distinctive because it is conducted from the perspective of citizens and focuses on what people can do collectively to address problems affecting their lives, their communities, and their nation.