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.

  • 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.