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.

Current Projects
  • 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.

  • Leveraging Equity and Access in Democratic Education (LEADE)

    The goal of the Leveraging Equity and Access in Democratic Education (LEADE) Initiative is to provide educational decision makers with a set of research-based tools for assessing equity and access in civic education in order to improve civic learning opportunities for all students.

  • 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 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.