New Report: Effective Nonprofit Outreach Improves Voting Rates
A new report by Nonprofit Vote, produced in partnership with CIRCLE, demonstrated the positive impact of intervention by nonprofit organizations on voter turnout in the 2014 election—impact that was especially large for young people and other underrepresented groups that generally have low voting rates.
The report, “Engaging New Voters: The Impact of Nonprofit Voter Outreach on Client and Community Turnout” is based on an analysis of 129 nonprofits that conducted 2014 voter engagement work in nine states. These “nonprofit voters” ages 18-29 went to the polls at a 28 percent higher rate than all young people in that age group.
This research highlights a promising intervention to close stubborn gaps in youth opportunity and electoral participation.
Impact Measures: Civic and Character Development – Good Data Starts With Good Measures
This fall, CIRCLE has been featuring guest posts from practitioners and researchers about impact measures. Our latest post, from leaders at the Roots of Engaged Citizenship Project, looks at the importance of creating measures that are reliable, valid, theoretically consistent, and appropriate for youth in middle childhood and adolescence
The organization’s iterative measurement development process yielded a strong set of measures, while also revealing challenges, like ensuring that survey items are appropriate and intelligible for different age groups, but also the opportunity to develop a cohesive theory of civic engagement that informs practice.
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Call for guest posts: Youth Electoral Engagement and Beyond
*Deadline Extended to
Midnight January 4*
CIRCLE is seeking proposals for guest posts to our website focused on relationships between electoral engagement and civic life and democracy more generally. We are looking for proposals from a variety of perspectives, including people who run youth programs, researchers, funders, teachers, etc.
The full call for proposals can be found here.
CIRCLE in the News
In the past month, data, analysis, and commentary from CIRCLE leaders has been prominently featured in various news outlets:
– International Business Times: “Students For Trump: Meet The Millennials Helping The Donald Nab The Youth Vote“
– NBC News: “Courting the Youth Vote: How Both Parties Plan to Target Asian-American Millennials“
– CNN: “Republicans Hope to win among Millennials, despiye their liberal leanings”