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.