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 Youth & Participatory Politics Research Network (YPP)
  • Project Description

    The MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP) is a multidisciplinary network of scholars and practioners working at the intersection of digital media and youth engagement in the public sphere. YPP formed out of recognition that youth are critical to the future of democracy and that the digital age is introducing technological changes that are impacting how youth develop into informed, engaged, and effective actors. The network believes that youth engagement in participatory politics reflects fundamental changes in political expectations, the developmental pathways that can lead to engagement, and the ways in which youth can be politically active. Through research and targeted action projects YPP is working to understand participatory politics, and support the development and implementation of best practices around youth engagement in participatory politics.


    In the first phase of the group's work YPP focused on conceptualizing and examining the implications of the rise of new media for the practice of politics and for youth civic and political development. This focus included analyzing the quantity, quality, and equality of youth engagement in participatory politics. For more on survey findings see - YPPSP report. Research continues in phase II of the grant, but there is an additional focus on putting research into practice through work with educators, platform designers and activists.


    For more info on the YPP Network visit: YPP



    John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

    For phase 1 research findings see - Participatory Politics: New Media and Youth Political Action 


    Connected Learning TV Webinar - Joe Kahne and Cathy Cohen Mapping Youth Participatory Politics (July 3, 2012)