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.

Past Projects
  • California Survey of Civic Education

    In partnership with the Educating for Democracy Initiative, CERG worked with school districts throughout the state of California to assess and promote youth civic development.

  • City Works Evaluation

    We conducted a study of CityWorks - an experiential high school government curriculum in collaboration with Bernadette Chi of the East Bay Conservation Corps.

  • Democratic Values Initiative Study

    In collaboration with Joel Westheimer of the University of Ottawa, this study examined 10 exemplary educational programs designed to promote democratic values.

  • Developing Citizens

    Drawing on a longitudinal survey of 3,805 students from 47 high schools in Chicago, this study examined the impact of classroom practices, extracurricular activities, family conversations, neighborhood contexts, school contexts, and academic performance on students' developing commitments to civic participation.

  • Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age (EDDA)

    Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age (EDDA) is a partnership between University of California, Riverside, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), and the National Writing Project. The purpose of this initiative is to leverage web 2.0 tools and best practices in civic education to provide all high school students in Oakland with opportunities that will prepare and motivate them to work for positive change in their communities.

  • Educating for Participatory Politics (EPP)

    The Educating for Participatory Politics (EPP) project is exploring the transformations that accompany the digital age, and investigating the opportunities for educators in preparing young people to participate in civic and political life.

  • Supports for Civic Media

    The Supports for Youth Civic Media Engagement: An Examination of Equity & Impact study will draw on the Youth and Participatory Politics nationally representative survey of youth in order to analyze the distribution of learning opportunities for civic media literacy, the impact of these learning opportunities, and, in particular, the impact of these opportunities on whether youth create and circulate civic and political content.

  • The Civic Implications of Kids' Participation with Digital Media

    This longitudinal study examined how digital media influences civic commitments, capacities and activities in late adolescence. We surveyed students in 2006 and 2007, and conducted a final survey in 2009.

  • The Pew Internet & American Life Project

    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.

  • The Youth & Participatory Politics Research Network (YPP)

    The YPP Research Network is a network of scholars and practitioners from a range of disciplines working together to understand the ways youth participation in online networks is shaping and reshaping youth civic and political engagement in the public sphere.