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We're focused on the connections between research and practice: on making sure that our work helps to clarify practical questions for educators, communities, and policymakers and has an impact on more equitable youth opportunity and engagement. We strive to ensure that our research is timely and relevant to a broad range of audiences, and we work with local and national partners on numerous campaigns and initiatives to strengthen various aspects of youth civic education and engagement. We believe collaboration is necessary for substantive change to occur and that research informed by the experiences and knowledge of youth and practitioners is most practical.

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Updates and Announcements

Building Democracy through Civics

In January we joined the Boston Foundation for a webinar focused on strengthening K-12 civics. We shared data from our study of civic education in Massachusetts and recommendations focused on equitable implementation that reaches all students.

CIRCLE is Hiring a Senior Researcher

We're looking for a Senior Researcher to help us advance our work of promoting greater and more equitable civic education and engagement for all young people. Please check out the description and share with your networks!

Why America Needs Service

Throughout 2020, our Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg served as a member of the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship. On March 3, she joined a distinguished panel to discuss her work and "Why America Needs Service, Now More than Ever."

Latest Research

What are we working on? Check out the most recent CIRCLE data and analysis on youth participation in civic life.

In the Media

There should be a vibrant, data-informed public conversation about youth civic education and engagement: what's working, what's not, and why it's important. Our research, which appears frequently in major media outlets, helps to drive that conversation.

Even Blue States Suppress Student Voters

The Nation
A 2016 research study by the Tufts University’s Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning found that 20 percent of “youth with college experience cited a lack of transportation as a reason for not voting.

A Roadmap for Reforming Civic Education

Harvard Magazine
“It demands collaborative effort,” says CIRCLE Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, particularly in light of “challenges that we have faced this past year, and that we may face in the future, too.”

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