Carolina Johnson

Carolina Johnson

Program Evaluator | University of Washington PhD

Carolina Johnson is a Seattle-based researcher who has focused on the design and community impact of participatory budgeting in established democracies. Having recently completed a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Washington, she is now working as a program evaluator for the King County Department of Community and Human Services as well as continuing independent and contract research projects. Her work is distinguished by its combination of on-the-ground qualitative research in the field and creative solutions for larger-scale data including working with complex administrative data, multi-site surveys, and computer-aided text analysis

Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

Creating spaces for lived experience of democratic capabilities (both of people and processes) is crucial in a world where people’s everyday images of democracy tell stories of dysfunction and retrenchment rather than creative opportunity and collective decision-making. Democracy carries both types of experience, but work is always (and it feels, especially, now) needed to maintain balance.

What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?

New faces and innovations that build up and out from what we have had in the past.