2015-10-07 14:57

Join us for a thoughtful, bipartisan conversation and luncheon to celebrate civic engagement in Texas

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Join us in welcoming Susan Nold as our new director! Learn more about Susan.

Strauss Institute

Understanding and overcoming obstacles to civic engagement through research and educational outreach

Engaging News Project

Studies find people more willing to engage in political discussion when provided with pro-con arguments


A comprehensive, first-time look at civic and political engagement in Texas

Creating More Voters and Better Citizens


The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life

donateSeeking to understand and overcome obstacles to civic engagement through scholarly research and nonpartisan educational outreach.

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The Texas Civic Health Index provides a comprehensive, first-time look at civic and political engagement in Texas.

The Engaging News Project researches commercially-viable and democratically-beneficial ways to improve online news.

The Campaign Mapping Project is a multi-year attempt to assemble campaign materials produced during presidential elections between 1948 and 2012, as a guide to understanding the direction of American politics.

Project Vote Smart offers free, unbiased, in-depth information on local officials, candidates, legislation, and voting.

The New Politics Forum provides nonpartisan, youth-focused events taught by active political professionals.

Speak Up! Speak Out! is an innovative civic education program for middle and high school students designed to teach young people about their communities and help them discover the many ways they can make a difference.

For a full listing of our research and educational outreach initiatives, please visit our Research and Program pages.