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Research Reports

Research is integral to the mission of the Eagleton Institute. Undergraduate and graduate students receive training in research skills and practices at Eagleton's centers and engage in supervised research activities at the Institute.

Research on women's political participation
Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) research and research by CAWP scholars that addresses emerging questions about American women's political participation. 

Methodological Lessons Learned from Conducting Civic Education Research in High Schools
This article was originally published in the October 2012 (45.4) issue of PS: Political Science and Politics. Written by Elizabeth Matto, director of Eagleton's Youth Political Participation Program; and Timothy Vercellotti, Western New England University.

Clean Elections: Public Financing in Six States
A report published in August 2008 in consulation with Ingrid Reed, Eagleton's New Jersey Project director, written by Benjamin T. Brickner with Naomi Muller.

Another Government Success Story: Citizen Volunteers on New Jersey State Boards and Commissions
A report published in 2004 by John Weingart, Eagleton's Associate Director. Support for this project was provided by the Fund for New Jersey

The College Student Voter in 2004: Obstacles, Outreach and Electoral Engagement (.pdf format)
This report, published in spring 2006, evaluates the experiences of college students in the 2004 presidential election. Conducted by the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling and funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the report is drawn from the results of the Eagleton National Student Voter Survey which surveyed 1,000 students enrolled in 4-year colleges in key states across the country. The report is designed to serve as a resource for both those in the research community and those conducting youth registration and mobilization efforts.

Provisional Voting and Voter Identification
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, in partnership with the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, was awarded a contract by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to provide information on provisional voting and voter identification practices in the 2004 election. A report and paper written about the data collected is available.

America's Newest Voters:
Understanding Immigrant and Minority Voting Behavior

The material presented in this research section has been designed as a resource for journalists and students interested in minority and immigrant voting in the 2004 election. It includes general information pertaining to the upcoming primary and general elections, such as a schedule of primary election dates and turnout rates in the previous presidential election.

In addition, information is presented that addresses the political participation of the minority population in particular. There are also links to resources on minority and immigrant political behavior, as well as links to recent polls on the 2004 presidential election and politics in general. The web-based material serves as a companion to a scholarly volume of essays that currently is being compiled addressing the topic of minority and immigrant political behavior. Contact Stacy Mann, program associate, Program on Immigration and Democracy, Eagleton Institute of Politics, for more information.

News for a New Generation (.pdf format)
Eagleton's Civic Engagement and Political Participation director Susan Sherr and graduate research assistant Meredith Staples have produced a working paper with initial findings from a study which focuses on what kinds of news are available for young people, why producers create youth-oriented news the way they do, and what young people say they really want in news. The study is funded by a grant from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE).

Political Generation Next: America's Young Elected Leaders (.pdf format)
The findings in this report, published in Spring, 2004, are drawn from research about young elected officials conducted in 2002 by the Eagleton Institute of Politics as part of the Young Elected Leaders Project (YELP). It presents information concerning who they are, what forces have affected them, and where they stand on issues and ideas about people, politics and government.