Research

We commission research that contributes to the broader understanding of informed and engaged communities, both now and in the future. Our commissioned research has focused on key thematic areas that contribute to ongoing conversations of significance to the foundation.

Trust, Media and Democracy

Since 2017, Knight Foundation and Gallup have studied media trust, news sustainability, and attitudes towards internet policy technology attitudes. The project’s 12 reports and 22 articles received 900+ media mentions and 500+ academic citations.

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Knight Free Expression Research Series

Knight Foundation values the First Amendment, evident in our ongoing research on students' views on free expression since 2004. We publish this series to aid education leaders cultivating their campus environments.

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Knight Diversity of Asset Managers Research Series

In 2010, Knight Foundation realized its limited use of diverse asset managers and began changing our investment practices. Since 2017, we have published research to foster transparency about the use of diverse owned asset managers.

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