Working with Nonprofits and Local Governments to Improve Our Communities

Marquette Democracy Lab (MDL) is a research initiative bringing together faculty, students and local stakeholders who are interested in testing the effectiveness of efforts to improve our communities. Our goal is to identify policy interventions that can increase civic engagement in our communities and make our neighborhoods safer, healthier, and more sustainable.

MDL uses evidence-based research to identify what works in variety of policy and program areas:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Citizen Knowledge
  • Educational Initiatives
  • Immigrant Integration
  • Public Safety
  • Service Delivery
  • Sustainability/Conservation

MDL is located in the political science department at Marquette University and led by Dr. Amber Wichowsky, Assistant Professor of Political Science. For more information, please contact Professor Wichowsky at