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.

  • 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 Deep Dive

    The Educating for Democracy Deep Dive developed by the Teaching Channel and CERG is a curated collection of videos accompanied by educational resources, blogs, and articles related to preparing youth for civic and political life in the digital age

  • 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 Democracy: Professional Learning Program

    CERG has launched a hybrid professional development program for public K-12 teachers. The initiative is designed to promote high-quality civic education that responds to the realities of our current civic and political landscape via professional development offerings, including online courses and in-person institutes.

  • 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.

  • Evaluation of the Chicago Public Schools Civics Initiative

    CERG is launching a rigorous research study of the impact of civic education practices on civic and academic outcomes as well as on the district-wide reform strategy being implemented by the Chicago Public Schools’ Civics Initiative.

  • 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.