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The Annette Strauss Institute was founded in 2000 on the belief that active, engaged citizens are made, not born, and that society benefits when citizens take part. Through research, the Institute cultivates future generations of citizens and leaders.


In response to the university’s social distancing policy for COVID-19, the Annette Strauss Institute will not be open for walk-ins until further notice. However, staff will be available by email at
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College Programs

College programs include New Politics Forum and TX Votes. New Politics Forum offers nonpartisan training, educational seminars, and conferences across the state. TX Votes is a student-led organization on the University of Texas at Austin's campus that practices Get Out The Vote activities.

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K-12 Programs

Speak Up Speak Out is a K-12 civic education program, in which students identify a community problem and collaborate in a small group to solve that issue. TexElects is a competition for high school students, in which students create art projects that encourage their community to vote during election cycles. RUReady Texas is an extension of an undergraduate and high school student civic education project from Rutgers University.

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Adult Civic Education

Young professionals may engage in public seminars and conferences to become better communicators and to facilitate public deliberative discussions.

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Texas Civic Health Index

The Texas Civic Health Index provides a comprehensive, first-time look at civic and political engagement in Texas. It presents information about who engages in their communities, in politics, and how.

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Texas Media & Society Survey

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

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Campaign Mapping Project

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