Building the Party’s Research Infrastructure in Ohio from Scratch

In 2021, the Ohio Democratic Party sought to build an internal research department for the first time. Nesbitt & Parrinello was engaged to set them up for success.

Our team built the infrastructure for a successful war room, designing templates for documents and project management, systematizing research and vetting requests and approval chains, and standardizing formatting for daily clips and tracking reports. We drafted a detailed staffing plan, including job descriptions, application evaluation metric recommendations, hiring best practices, and suggestions for ongoing performance management.

Despite the shifting political landscape and decreased voter turnout in the state, Ohio Democrats picked up a congressional seat for the first time since 2008.