In addition to its focus on higher education, the HEDP team has also conducted research on democratic theory, the current state of democracy in the United States and around the world, and promising innovations that are improving citizen participation and cultivating democratic values. We embrace democratic theory focused on the process of citizen participation, argue that democracy works best when more people participate, acknowledge that democracy is at a crisis point, and highlight promising local solutions. The complete results of this work will be presented in the near future. For a preview, read "Improving Democracy Starts with its Citizens," on Medium.