The Healthy Democracy Index (the Index) is a first-of-its kind landscape analysis of our democracy, conducted by the WA Democracy Hub. The Index assesses the health of democracy and government across Washington, by county, measuring the performance of elections and elected leaders to the principles of a healthy democracy created by our movement organizations. It serves as a critical tool to assess the need for reform, communicate that need to stakeholders, and build shared strategy among advocacy groups to coordinate reform efforts.
The following analysis combines original and existing research with thoughts and perceptions of 3,300 Washingtonians surveyed to assess our democracy against our 4Es of Democracy values framework. Is our democracy healthy? If not, what do we need to get us there? Most importantly, what are Washingtonians saying about what they see? The Healthy Democracy Index answers these questions with evidence-based conclusions and recommendations for shared strategy and ongoing tracking of movement priorities