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

FEATURED: New Study Dispels Stereotypes About Young Voters Ahead of 2012 Elections

A new CIRCLE study, “Understanding a Diverse Generation: Youth Civic Engagement in the United States,” shatters stereotypes and dispels conventional myths about the ways in which young people ages 18-29 are involved in the United States political system. The study from CIRCLE, which is part of Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Read More >

November 21st, 2011
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Civic Engagement among Registered Citizens and Non-Registered Eligible Citizens

Recently, we received a question regarding the political and civic engagement of registered versus non-registered citizens. Based on statistics from the November 2010 Current Population Survey, we found that generally, eligible registered voters are more likely to engage in various civic and political activities than those who are not registered. For instance: those who are Read More >

October 17th, 2011
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New book: The Future of Democracy: Developing the Next Generation of American Citizens

The Future of Democracy: Developing the Next Generation of American Citizens is a manifesto for youth civic engagement, based on a critical review of recent research. The book is written by Peter Levine, the Director of CIRCLE, but draws on the work and research of CIRCLE staff, grantees, and advisory board, among others. All proceeds Read More >

July 1st, 2007
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How can Sports and Civic Engagement Mix?

This article explores how coaches, parents and sports programs play a role in drawing connections between sports and civic engagement. Download the article here.

June 19th, 2006
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Measuring Civic Engagement

The Core Indicators of Engagement offer practitioners an easy to- use and comprehensive tool for measuring the level of civic engagement in their communities. Designed and tested by leading researchers, the Indicators consist of a series of questions that measure participants’ involvement in 19 core civic activities ranging from voting to volunteering. Download the article Read More >

April 19th, 2003
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