The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life exists to cultivate informed voters and active citizens. We do so through research, education, and outreach programs focused on three key pillars: civic discovery, young people, and civil dialogue.

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Texas Civic Health Index

The Texas Civic Health Index report provides a comprehensive look at civic and political engagement in Texas. Check out the report, infographic, and additional resources to learn more.

The Texas Media & Society survey

The Texas Media & Society survey

The Texas Media & Society survey is a broad-ranging study on the topics of journalism, the media, politics, civic engagement, discussion networks, and communities.

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New Politics Forum

The New Politics Forum is a nonpartisan, youth-focused program taught by active political professionals with the goal of enriching skills, developing positive dispositions, and increasing knowledge around self-governance and civic engagement.

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Digital Media Research Program

The Digital Media Research Program aims to shed light on how new communication tech can be used to increase civic participation. 

Campaign Mapping Project

Campaign Mapping Project

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.

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Speak Up! Speak Out!

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.