Why Congressional Websites Matter

November 1, 2011 | By

Cross-posted from the Congressional Management Foundation blog In 1998, the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) embarked on a ground-breaking research project: to study best practices in congressional websites with the goal of providing Congress with guidance on how to use this emerging technology to improve constituents’ communication with, and understanding of, the institution. Three years later […]

Capitol Hill Experiencing Huge Increase in Constituent Mail

October 4, 2011 | By

Cross-posted from Congressional Management Foundation Congressional offices are receiving between 200 to 1,000 percent more constituent communications than they were ten years ago. Despite the increase, a survey of congressional staff indicates that 90 percent believe constituent communications remains a “high priority” for the office. But sizable percentages of staff report that their offices are […]

Congress slow to grab hold of Google+

August 23, 2011 | By

by Patrick Hynes Cross-posted from The Daily Caller Despite the successful and headline-grabbing launch of Google+, only 13 members of the U.S. Senate and 15 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have established profiles on the new social networking site, far fewer than the number from each chamber who are active on Facebook and […]

New Data Proves Value of Social Media for Advocacy

July 29, 2011 | By

Cross-posted from the Public Affairs Council. The Congressional Management Foundation’s newest report on Capitol Hill’s use of social media is out. But what does that mean for advocacy professionals? Join the Public Affairs Council on August 4 or August 10 for insights on what the data tells us about communicating with Congress. There’s no doubt […]

#Social Congress: Perceptions and Use of Social Media on Capitol Hill

July 26, 2011 | By

The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) today released the first study of congressional staff views of social media, and how it is being used by Congressional Offices. #SocialCongress:  Perceptions and Use of Social Media on Capitol Hill shows that most Members of Congress have thoroughly integrated social media into their communications operations, and are using new […]

The First CRM of Congress

March 15, 2011 | By

Cross-posted from The Partnership for a More Perfect Union I recently made an historic discovery regarding what is probably the first system to track relationships between Members of Congress and organizations that seek to influence them. Any grassroots or government relations professional knows that it is essential to have an understanding of Congress, and one […]

It’s Not How You Send It, It’s What’s Inside

March 7, 2011 | By

When communicating with congressional offices, the most pressing question used to be: are email or postal messages more effective? While each has its advantages, congressional staff view them equally. The more important question is: are the messages personalized? In our recent survey of staff we asked, “If your Member/Senator has not already arrived at a […]

Traditional Tops Social for Congressional Advocacy

February 1, 2011 | By

Written by Kate Kaye, ClickZ Politics & Advocacy E-mails to congressional representatives are the common currency of online advocacy campaigns, but a new study shows all advocacy e-mails are not created alike. In a report published earlier this month, the Congressional Management Foundation aimed to determine how much influence e-mail, social media channels, and traditional […]

Is Anyone Listening?

January 27, 2011 | By

Cross-posted from the Public Affairs Council blog Average citizens can have more influence on congressional policy than they think, says a new study from the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF). In fact, in many cases they have more influence than lobbyists or editorial page editors. The report, Communicating with Congress: Perceptions of Citizen Advocacy on Capitol Hill, […]

Communicating With Congress: What the CMF’s Report Means for Grassroots Advocacy

January 26, 2011 | By

Today at the Public Affairs Council’s National Grassroots Conference in Key West, Florida, the Congressional Management Foundation released the latest report from its “Communicating With Congress” project.  Brad Fitch, the Executive Director of CMF and a fellow contributor at K Street Café, will give attendees a run-down of the report’s most important findings at the conference’s […]