Partnership for the Public Good is a community-based think tank that builds a more just, sustainable, and culturally vibrant Buffalo Niagara through action-oriented research, policy development, and citizen engagement.

A New Home For Action

Since 2007, our work has been dedicated to effecting lasting, positive change in our community. Created with the help of educators, students, volunteers, interns, and independent researchers, our rich body of reports, policy briefs, and fact sheets can now be found in the Buffalo Commons.

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August 4, 2020

Buffalo Common Council District Fact Sheets Now Available

While Census data is available for congressional districts, the U.S. Census bureau does not publish data for local political boundaries. We tried to fill this gap by creating a set of nine council fact sheets outlining key data for each district. This includes demographics, …

July 16, 2020

Local Experts Teach Buffalo Police Department Budget 101 Workshop

Watch the full workshop recording here. City budgets and police budgets are complicated beasts. To understand how much we—as a city—spend on policing, the Buffalo Co-Lab and PPG hosted a Buffalo Police Department Budget 101 Workshop.  Guest speakers included …

June 30, 2020

Buffalo News: "With guns drawn, DEA agents terrorize tenants, but the warrant names someone else"

By Matthew Spina | June 30, 2020  When police and federal agents raid residences, they don’t always get it right. Buffalo police in 2008 used a battering ram to force their way into a West Side apartment, and threatened a family of eight with firearms, one of …

June 23, 2020

Buffalo News: Another Voice - "Buffalo needs fast, far-reaching police reforms"

By Sam Magavern | June 23, 2020 In 2016, Partnership for the Public Good and Open Buffalo published a comprehensive report on policing, titled “Collaboration, Communication, and Community-Building.” The report included detailed information about the city’s …

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Yes, folks, we are working toward climate justice!September 24, 2020, 12-1 pm

Clarke Gocker, Bonnie Lawrence, Gabby Prince, Kelley St. John

A conversation with Buffalo, Erie County, NY Renews, and the Youth Climate Council, sponsored by the Western New York Environmental Alliance.

Language Access in Erie County Coalition CallSeptember 24, 2020, 5:30-7 pm

Language Access Working Group members

This year, the Language Access Working Group is advocating for a county-wide law to expand language access in Erie County. This will ensure that all residents of Erie County have equal access to medical care, government services, civic participation, education and training, jobs, and public safety …

New York Coalition For Open Government - Freedom of Information Law TrainingSeptember 25, 2020, 10-11 am

Kristin O'Neill, Steven Brown

The New York Coalition For Open Government is sponsoring a training session on New York's Freedom of Information Law on Friday September 25th, at 10:00 am via Zoom.

From the Buffalo Commons View All

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Analysis of Predatory Lending in New York: From Origins to Interviews
CDFI Ecosystems and Alternate Forms of Lending
Community Development Financial Institutions vs. Predatory Lending in Buffalo, NY
Predatory Lenders: Avoiding Scams and Unethical Lending Practices
Repudiated: “Unbankable” Business Owners