CERG Description

The goal of the Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) is to provide an evidence base that informs the design of policies and programs that promote the development of citizens for an effective, just, and humane democratic society.

The Pew Internet & American Life Project
  • Project Description

    The Pew Internet & American Life Project in collaboration with CERG and Mills College developed a national telephone survey intended to explore young people's use of video games and how this use relates to certain social and civic outcomes. 12-17 year olds along with their parents made up the sample for this national survey. The survey examined a variety of aspects of young people's gaming habits, including what they play, with whom, when, and for how long, along with questions about certain social and civic attitudes and activities.



    The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


    Lenhart, A., Kahne, J., Middaugh, E., Rankin Macgill, A., Evans, C., Vitak, J. (2008) Teens, Video Games, and Civics: Teens' gaming experiences are diverse and include significant social interaction and civic engagement. Published by The Pew Internet & American Life Project.


    Kahne, J., Middaugh, E., Evans, C. (2008) The Civic Potential of Video Games. MacArthur Foundation White Paper.