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

Group Membership and Social Networks

This series of research products addresses: young people’s participation in groups, the influence of the Internet on youth civic engagement, and how social media can influence community and political participation.

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CIRCLE’s Social Media Experiments

CIRCLE is involved with two experiments that combine social media and civic engagement. One project, called BLink, is designed to “link organizations, issues, and people in the Greater Boston Area for social change.” BLink is an open network, usable by college students and anyone else in the community to support their volunteering and activism. The Read More >

July 19th, 2010
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April 2010 Edition of CIRCLE’s Quarterly Newsletter Available

The April edition (v7. i2) of CIRCLE’s quarterly newsletter, Around the CIRCLE, can be downloaded from here. The newsletter includes a variety of articles including: The Civic Mission of Schools: A Review of the Research Evaluation of Large Urban School District Shows Schools Can Increase Civic Engagement Massachusetts Senate Election: Youth Turnout Was Just 15, Read More >

March 22nd, 2010
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The Internet and Civic Outcomes: Notes from the Field

To better understand how young people without college experience are using the internet and technology, we interviewed staff from YouthBuild USA, an adult learning center in Vermont, a county correctional facility in Pennsylvania, and a community-based arts and education center in Kentucky. While all four organizations used the internet or technology for educational purposes, they Read More >

September 19th, 2009
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National Conference on Citizenship 2009 Civic Health Index finds civic engagement under stress in the recession

The National Conference on Citizenship has released its annual Civic Health Index report for 2009, entitled Civic Health in Hard Times (pdf). As in past years, CIRCLE contributed to the design and analysis of the national survey that was the basis of the study and helped with the writing of the report. In addition to Read More >

September 2nd, 2009
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Around the CIRCLE- V.5 I.1 Fall 2007

Download the latest edition of CIRCLE’s quarterly publication (v5.i1–Fall 2007), Around the CIRCLE, from here.  This issue includes the following articles: Table of Contents 1 Common Social Studies Teaching Practices and their Civic Outcomes RESEARCH ROUNDUP 4 CIRCLE Jointly Hosts Summer Youth Mapping Program 6 New Book by Circle Grantee, Nicholas V. Longo: “Why Community Read More >

October 25th, 2007
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