Current Research

Samara Democracy Reports

Since 2011, Samara has undertaken research into the state of our political process, which we're presenting in a series of reports. These Samara Democracy Reports are designed to increase Canadians’ understanding of politics, investigate commonly held assumptions, provoke questions and elevate the discussion on the health of Canadian political and democratic participation in Canada.

The latest report "By Invitation Only: Canadians' Perceptions of Political Parties" examines how Canadians participate politically beyond voting. It's available to read here.

Previous reports include:

Our research will culminate in a yearly Samara Index, which we envision as a tool to help illuminate how politics works, specifically focusing on the relationship between citizens and the political process.

  • April 23, 2014

    Calling all political parties

    A party member who works professionally in tele-sales tells us how parties can learn from the business world's best practices when it comes to calling voters.
  • April 21, 2014

    The Plane Has Landed

    Democracy Talks hit the road last week, joining House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer at the kickoff of an exciting initiative to get Members of Parliament into classrooms across the country.
  • April 18, 2014

    Weekly Fill(ibuster): Tragedy in the Commons edition

    It's been a busy week with the launch of our book "Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada's Failing Democracy." Today we take over the Weekly Fill(ibuster) to share some of the great news coverage around its release.