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 Limits of Political Efficacy: Educating Citizens for a Democratic Sociaety
by Joseph Kahne and Joel Westheimer
April 1, 2006
The authors discuss some surprising findings from their study of 10 nationally recognized programs that engaged youth in community-based experiences and aimed to develop democratic values. Many employed service learning activities. Data from the study led the authors to question the common assertion that efficacious community experiences will necessarily prepare youth for participation in the democratic life of the community.