Research and engagement that matter.

The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania has been the premier communication policy center in the country since its founding in 1993. APPC’s work has informed the policy debates around campaign finance, children’s television, Internet privacy, tobacco advertising and the tone of discourse in Washington.

This website is designed to give scholars, the media and the general public expanded access to the work that we began in 1993. If there are any questions about materials not yet posted on the site, please contact our office at 215-898-9400 or send us an email.

Institutions of Democracy

Since 1993 the Annenberg Public Policy Center has studied Americans’ political knowledge, discourse, media use, and opinions about candidates and issues. Its work has included an annual Constitution Day Civics Survey, the National Annenberg Election Survey, studies of presidential debates and incivility in Congress, and research into best practices for debunking misinformation.

The Coding of Health and Media Project is the longest, continuous live coding project of its kind, dating back to 1950. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the CHAMP and CHAMPION projects identify historical trends in risky and healthy behaviors in movies and television.

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Health and Risk Communication

APPC’s research in health aims to promote healthy youth development by educating the public, scholarly community and policy makers about the latest scientific advances in reducing risks to adolescent health. Its work has included the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative books for teenagers, parents, doctors, and researchers; studies on preventing suicide and drug, alcohol and tobacco use; studies of teen driving risks; and research on media violence.

A recurring five-year program, the Annenberg Center for Advanced Study in Communication offers postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to collaborate with APPC on communication research on issues of public importance, including climate change, the Zika virus, and vaccination.

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The Science of Science Communication

APPC's Science Communication area looks at the failure to dispel public controversy over such issues as climate change, vaccinations, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) despite the presence of valid, compelling and widely accessible scientific evidence.

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