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.

CERG - Digital Media and Civic Engagement

CERG through the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP) is exploring how the technological changes of the digital age impact how youth develop into informed, engaged, and effective actors.


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CERG - Educating for Participatory Politics

The Educating for Participatory Politics (EPP) project is working with educators to explore opportunities and develop curriculum to prepare young people for civic and political life in the digital age.



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CERG - Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age

The Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age (EDDA) initiative is seeking to leverage web 2.0 tools and civic education best practices to provide all Oakland Unified School District high school students civic learning opportunities that prepare them to make positive change in their communities.

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Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG)

At the Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG)at the University of California, Riverside and Mills College, we conduct quantitative and qualitative research focused on understanding:

  • The nature of youth civic engagement.

  • The impact of civic learning opportunities and digital media participation on young people's civic capacities and commitments.

  • The quantity, quality, and equality of civic opportunities and outcomes in public schools and other contexts.

The goal is to monitor trends, frame priorities, and develop an evidence base regarding effective civic education practices and policies.