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The Center for Civic Education
is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational corporation dedicated to fostering the development of informed, responsible participation in civic life by citizens committed to values and principles fundamental to American constitutional democracy.  The Center specializes in civic/citizenship education, law-related education, and international educational exchange programs for developing democracies.

The Center for Voting and Democracy
studies how voting systems affect participation, representation and governance, and disseminates their findings to civic organizations, elected officials, journalists and the general public.

The Civic Practices Network
is a collaborative and nonpartisan project dedicated to bringing practical tools for public problem solving into community and institutional settings across America. Born of the movement for a "new citizenship" and "civic revitalization," CPN  includes community organizers, civic journalists, youth activists, grassroots environmentalists, business people and civil servants working collaboratively to create safe and sustainable local economies.

Corporation for National and Community Service
engages more than 5 million Americans in results-driven service through 70,000 community and faith-based organizations each year.
promotes the development and sustainability of online civic participation and democracy efforts around the world through experience, outreach, and education.

The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership
University of Georgia, is dedicated to developing statewide what many believe to be the single most important ingredient for positive change in Georgia: Leadership. The institute works with three primary groups in the development of leadership skills and capacity: adults in community and regional settings, youth, and members of organizations and other special audiences.

The Florida Institute of Government
is a statewide network of 12 university & community college affiliates, whose mission is to provide quality research, training and technical assistance programs to state and local governments.

The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement
brings faculty and students together with local, state, national and international leaders to explore creative, interdisciplinary approaches to the complex challenges facing today's world., Inc.
is a nonpartisan, private venture-backed technology and services company, providing Internet-based communications and mobilization products to political organizations and their constituents.

finds dynamic young people, and trains and empowers them with on the ground leadership skills which allow them to become civically engaged young folk who are excited about voter engagement.

The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University, offers applied research, technical assistance, and training to public officials, community leaders, and the private sector with the objective of enhancing the quality of life in urban communities locally, regionally, and statewide.

National Civic League
is a 106-year-old nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works directly with communities to foster cross-sector collaboration and grass roots problem solving.  NCL's mission is to strengthen citizen democracy by transforming democratic institutions.

is a dynamic, nonpartisan nonprofit working at the forefront of our nation’s civic life.
is the nation’s largest nonprofit network, works through its member State Associations to amplify the voices of America’s local community-based nonprofit organizations, help them engage in critical policy issues affecting the sector, manage and lead more effectively, collaborate and exchange solutions, and achieve greater impact in their communities.

Public Agenda
is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization. The two-fold mission of Public Agenda is to: help leaders better understand the public's point of view on major policy issues; help citizens better understand critical policy issues so they can make their own more informed and thoughtful decisions.

Founded twenty-one years ago at the intersection of popular culture and politics, Rock the Vote has registered more than five million young people to vote and has become a trusted source of information for young people about registering to vote and casting a ballot.

The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership
University of Virginia, is a private, non-profit organization that offers education to community leaders as they prepare for public service.  The Institute focuses on three areas: Public Policy, Ethics, and Campaigning.

The John C. Stennis Institute of Government
Mississippi State University, recognizes the need for an organization to assist governments with a wide range of issues and to better equip citizens to participate in the political process. The Institute seeks to integrate research, service, and teaching activities to improve government in the state, as well as promote the training of students who seek careers in public service.


The Arts of Citizenship Program
University of Michigan, believes that the work of scholars and artists in the arts and humanities can do much to enrich civic and community life in America. It seeks to integrate local projects and national cultural debates, ambitious research with community collaboration.

Bonner Foundation
Civic Engagement Academic Certificate Program seeks to facilitate the quality and intensity of students' college service experiences while promoting civic engagement on campus and in the community through students' example and influence.

works to inspire high-potential youth from risk-filled environments to pursue personal success, to prepare them for leadership roles in college, work and community, and to motivate them to become role models for others.

Campus Compact
is a coalition of college and university presidents committed to helping students develop the values and skills of citizenship through participation in public and community service.
Citizenship & Service Learning
Southwest Missouri State University, is defined as a type of integrated experiential learning that pairs a discipline-based course to a related service work that benefits an external government or service organization.  It is part of the Public Affairs Mission at SMSU that seeks to develop an increasing awareness of the public dimension of life, produce a broad literacy in the primary public issues, and establish a campus environment where the awareness of public questions is nurtured and their discussion is encouraged.

The Close Up Foundation's
mission is built on the belief that students need a "close up" experience in government. Close Up's national, state, and local experiential government studies programs strengthen participants' knowledge of how the political process works, increase their awareness of major national and international issues, and motivate them to become actively involved in the world around them.

leads students to make change in their communities by partnering trained college volunteers (Mentors) with secondary teachers to implement an “action civics” curriculum.
gets students involved and ready to be educated, engaged citizens.  Students learn about democracy through a combination of classroom activities, family dialogue and an authentic voting experience.
assists education leaders to promote, support and reward citizenship education and service-learning as essential components of America’s education system.

National Council for the Social Studies
is the largest association in the country devoted solely to social studies education.  It aims to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators.

Partnership for Public Service
is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that believes good government starts with good people. By strengthening the civil service, and the systems that are supposed to support them, it helps government serve the needs of all Americans.

Presidential Classroom
participants observe the federal government at work, witness the development of public policy and explore the roles of citizens, lawmakers, experts, associations and businesses in the world's most successful democracy.  Presidential Classroom takes students behind the scenes of our nation's capital for seminars and discussions featuring members of Congress, Presidential appointees, journalists and other Washington insiders and names in the news.

Project Citizen
is a portfolio-based civic education project for middle school classes presented by the Center for Civic Education and the National Conference of State Legislatures Research

Project Vote-Smart
aims to provide abundant, accurate, and relevant information about candidates seeking public office through their voting records, campaign finances, position statements, backgrounds, and the evaluations done on them by over 100 competing special interest groups.

is a youth civic engagement initiative focused on the most basic concepts of citizenship, democracy and public work. Public Achievement draws on the talents and desires of ordinary people to build a better world and to create a different kind of politics.
is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization with a goal to help voters understand the effects of the federal laws enacted (or not enacted) by the U.S. Congress on our everyday lives, and the role of the individual members of Congress in the legislative process.


The James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship
Purdue University, has as its mission to assume a national leadership role in preparing new generations of American citizens. The focus is to provide programs, institutes, activities and resources for educators to implement more powerful citizenship programs and opportunities that result in active student involvement in schools and communities.

The Annenberg Public Policy Center
the University of Pennsylvania is home to a community of scholars that address public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels.  The Center has four ongoing foci: Information and Society, Media and the Developing Mind, Media and the Dialogue of Democracy, Health Communication.

The Ashbrook Center
is an academic forum for the study, research and discussion of the principles and practices of American constitutional government and politics.  The center's programs are directed to the scholarly defense of individual liberty, limited constitutional government and civic morality, which together constitute our democratic way of life.

The Center for American Women and Politics
Rutgers, is a research, education and public service center. Its mission is to promote greater understanding and knowledge about women's participation in politics and government and to enhance women's influence and leadership in public life.

The Dirksen Congressional Center
is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that seeks to improve civic engagement by promoting a better understanding of Congress and its leaders through archival, research, and educational programs.

Department of Government and Politics
University of Maryland, brings together faculty, researchers, political practitioners and students who study political institutions, processes, behavior, and public policy, with a goal toward using social science research to improve democracy in the United States.

The Center for American Politics and Public Policy
UCLA, is committed to promoting significant research on American politics and public policy, to developing programs to educate students in the political process of the United States, and to providing ideas, scholarship, and knowledge to policy makers and other interested publics.

The Center for American Politics and Public Policy
University of Washington, conducts academic and policy-relevant research in American politics and public policy processes to engage the community in policy-relevant conversations. We are interested in how public decisions are made, how they are justified and communicated to the public, and what consequences these have for the course of public policy.

The Center for Civil Society Studies
Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies, seeks to encourage the development and effective operation of nonprofit, philanthropic, or "civil society" organizations. The Center carries out its work through a combination of research, training, and information-sharing both in the United States and throughout the world.

The Center for Communication and Civic Engagement
University of Washington, is dedicated to research, the creation of citizen resources and student-designed learning experiences that develop new areas of positive citizen involvement in politics and social life. Its primary focus is to understand how new information technologies can supplement more traditional forms of communication to facilitate new forms of civic engagement.

Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies
American University, provides an integrated teaching, research, and study program focusing on Congress and the presidency and the interactions of these two basic American institutions.

Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship
The Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship facilitates learning experiences across and beyond campus through community engagement, off-campus student employment, and public work to build a better world. We connect students to issues they’re passionate about and help them develop their capacities to be agents of change.

The Center for Politics
University of Virginia, at the is a nonpartisan, public-interest institute with a three-part mission of political research, reform, and education. The Center bridges the gap between the theory and the reality of politics with an innovative blend of lectures, forums, scholarly research, and community outreach.

Center for Policy Studies
Case Western Reserve University, endeavors to stimulate policy-oriented research at CWRU and to encourage the many policy scholars across the University to interact with each other and with the larger public beyond the campus.

The Center for Political Studies
University of Michigan, is an interdisciplinary and collaborative social science research unit that seeks to understand, measure, analyze, and model individual behavior and the role of institutions within the context of contemporary society's social, political, and economic processes. CPS facilitates, supports, and promotes a broad range of research projects including: democratic transitions, political and social mobilization and participation, global environmental change, international peace and security, and surveys of attitudes on social and political issues and concerns.

The Center for Politics and Public Affairs
Franklin & Marshall College, promotes the study of politics and public policy through public for a dealing with a wide variety of public matters, lectures, a legislative fellow program, an internship program, and an opinion research center that produces public affairs and political surveys for a variety of clients, especially media and research foundations.

The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress
is a nonpartisan and non-profit corporation. The Center seeks to further the understanding of the American Presidency and related institutions and, thereby, to educate, illuminate and inspire leaders for today and tomorrow.

The Center for the Public Deliberation
serves as an affiliate of the National Issues Forum (NIF) network. The CPD is nonpartisan. Working from a communication perspective, CPD staff and students focus on the process of deliberation, not necessarily its product. Deliberation requires safe places for citizens to come together, good and fair information to help structure the conversation, and skilled facilitators to guide the process.

The Center for the Study of Democracy
University of California - Irvine, fosters academic research and training on topics of empirical democratic theory. The Center's activities focus around three central themes: the relationship between citizens and their government, the performance of democratic governments, and the consolidation of new democracies.  The Center hosts research conferences, sponsors faculty research, publishes a research paper series, and facilitates research and teaching on democratic themes.

Center for Urban Initiatives and Research
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, supports collaborative and interdisciplinary research on urban policy issues with an emphasis on Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin.  CUIR serves as the home for several major research grant and evaluation projects, and conducts applied research for local governments, community-based agencies and departments of state government. It facilitates partnerships between UWM faculty, staff, and students and the Milwaukee area community.

The Choices Program
Brown University is a multifaceted educational program that seeks to engage the American public in the consideration of international issues and strengthen the quality of civic life in the United States..

The Center for the Study of the American Electorate
is a Washington-based, nonpartisan, non-profit tax exempt research institution with a primary focus on issues surrounding citizen engagement in politics.

CIRCLE                                                                                                                                                                 The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement conducts research on civic education in schools, colleges, and community settings and on young Americans’ voting and political participation, service, activism, media use, and other forms of civic engagement. It is based at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.

The Eagleton Institute of Politics
Rutgers University, develops new knowledge and understanding of emerging topics and themes in American politics and government in order to encourage more responsive and effective leadership.  The Institute conducts innovative and practical research, educates students, informs policymakers and the public.

The John M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service
The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service is a national leader in civic education, whose model and research are setting the standard for higher education’s role in civic engagement.

Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy
promotes citizen deliberation on tough political and social issues, resulting in increased citizen participation, reflection, communication, and respect.

The Institute of Government and Public Affairs
University of Illinois-Springfield, helps direct educational, research, and service efforts of the campus toward the solution of public problems facing the state and local communities.

The Institute for Public Service and Policy Research
University of South Carolina, seeks to engage the resources of the University to inform decisions affecting the public interest and to strengthen civic leadership through research, education, and direct assistance.

American National Election Studies University of Michigan, produces data on voting, public opinion, and political participation to serve the research needs of social scientists, teachers, students, policy makers and journalists concerned with the theoretical and empirical foundations of mass politics in a democratic society.

The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research
is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the goals of a better-informed public and more effective, accountable, and responsive government.  Based on its research, the Center makes recommendations for improving the way government serves the people of this state.

The John M. Olin Center for Inquiry into the Theory and Practice of Democracy
University of Chicago brings together concerned theoreticians and reflective practitioners to analyze the fundamental principles and current practices of American politics, along with a thoughtful examination of classic philosophical, theological, and literary texts.

The Political Communication Lab
Stanford University, conducts research on politics, public opinion and the media. The lab develops and administers experimental studies of public opinion and political behavior through the use of both on-line and traditional methods.

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government
State University of New York is actively involved in public policy research on the role of state and local governments in American federalism and the management and finances of states and localities in major areas of domestic public affairs.

The Social Science Research Institute
University of Hawaii, facilitates and supports applied interdisciplinary research addressing critical social, economic, and environmental problems primarily in Hawaii and the Asia Pacific region. The institute collaborates with faculty and students and with other educational and research institutions; federal, state, and county agencies; regional and international organizations; and the private sector.

Center for Social Studies and International Education
Indiana University has a mission to improve social studies education in elementary and secondary schools.  Toward this end, SSDC projects involve research on teaching and learning, development of curriculum frameworks and instructional materials, and diffusion of ideas about education in the social studies.

The Vanishing Voter Project
Shorenstein Center, John F. Kennedy School of Government, seeks to reinvigorate the presidential campaign through research-based proposals designed to improve its structure. The project has the goal of broadening and deepening citizens' involvement in the presidential selection process.

Carl Vinson Institute of Government
The University of Georgia, mission is to improve the understanding, policymaking, and administration of government in a democratic society.  In carrying out this mission, the institute works with government officials, educators, and ordinary citizens in Georgia, in other states, and internationally.

The Weissman Center for Leadership
Mount Holyoke College advances initiatives that engage students critically with important problems; that foster their commitment to public and civic life; that build their abilities to analyze, argue, and promote their views; and that increase women's preparation to take action and bring about positive change in their chosen professions and communities.

Walt Whitman Center for the Culture and Politics of Democracy
Rutgers University is dedicated to sustaining democratic theory and extending democratic practice, by fostering interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and methodologically diversified research and promoting pilot projects aimed at developing innovative democratic institutions and practices.