CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
conducts research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans.
The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

Community Participation

This series of research products addresses: community participation and volunteering trends, where and why young people participate in community, how to encourage volunteering, what young people think about new volunteer programs and policies, and the benefits of community participation.

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Once Again, Data Points to the Power of the Ask

During the summer we polled nearly 1,700 youth, 18 to 29 years old, about the election. Among many questions, we asked what would influence the respondents to vote. There was a clear answer: ask. Almost half of young respondents reported that being asked by a friend or a parent would or might influence them to Read More >

October 2nd, 2012
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Livestream Today at 1pm ET: Civic Engagement and Unemployment

Today at the NCOC conference, CIRCLE will help explain new collaborative research into the relationship between civic life and unemployment. This new research indicates a positive relationship between indicators of civic health and lower unemployment. You can watch the entire event live and you can participate in the conversation online by using #NCOC.

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September 14th, 2012
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“That’s Not Democracy.” How Out-of-School Youth Engage in Civic Life and What Stands in Their Way

CIRCLE is releasing a major new study today, “That’s Not Democracy.” How Out-of-School Youth Engage in Civic Life and What Stands in Their Way. Many practitioners informed this project, which was in collaboration with the Charles F. Kettering Foundation. Executive Summary |  Full Report A vibrant and thriving democracy requires a deeply engaged and active citizenry. “Civic Read More >

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August 23rd, 2012
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Impact of AmeriCorps on Voting: Study Finds No Evidence that AmeriCorps Mobilizes Young People Politically; Non-voters More Likely to Enroll in Program

Medford, MA – A new study from the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE), the preeminent youth research organization based at Tufts University, finds no evidence that the federally funded service program AmeriCorps mobilizes people politically. According to the new fact sheet, young adults tend to become more civically engaged Read More >

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June 1st, 2012
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FEATURED: The Engaged Citizen Index: Examining the Racial and Ethnic Civic and Political Engagement Gaps of Young Adults

By Rebecca Jacobsen and Tamara Wilder Linkow February 2012 In CIRCLE Working Paper 74, Rebecca Jacobsen and Tamara Wilder Linkow construct a composite index of engaged citizenship indicators for young adults that incorporates 40 variables weighted according to the input of a panel of experts. The resulting Engaged Citizen Index reveals significant racial and ethnic Read More >

February 23rd, 2012
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