Exemplar Programs from ADP

Explore the rich history, powerful outcomes, and pervasive impact of these American Democracy Project programs.

Global Civic Literacy

Through partnership with World101 from the Council on Foreign Relations, faculty and staff designed curriculum, activities, and assessments to help students increase their knowledge of our global society and understand how global issues influence lives of everyday citizens. Occurring from 2019-2022, more than 80 faculty and staff from over 40 institutions participated in this project.


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Participating in Politics

The Political Engagement Project (PEP), a partnership with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, advanced democratic and electoral engagement by providing students with both tangible and critical-thinking skills for participating in the political world.

The Engaged the Election 2016 project, a partnership with The Democracy Commitment and icitizen, a civic engagement app, advanced informed nonpartisan engagement in the presidential election.

Economic Literacy

The Economic Literacy project was in partnership with Up to Us,and included over 40 faculty at 19 institutions. Designed to help students increase their knowledge of the U.S. national debt, fiscal policy, and overall financial literacy, faculty created a toolkit to share their strategies and resources more broadly.

The Economic Inequality Initiative focused on understanding the impact of economic inequality on our democracy while helping students think about and take action to confront its complex causes.

The America’s Future Initiative, a partnership with Public Agenda from 2008 to 2011, focused on educating students about looming national debt and deficits, while exploring potential solutions.

Developing Citizenship Skills

The Deliberative Polling Initiative, a partnership with the Center for Deliberative Democracy, engaged 29 AASCU campuses in the exploration of strategies to engage students, faculty, staff and community members in discussions about public issues and to develop students’ citizenship skills.

The eCitizenship Initiative, a partnership with the Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University from 2009 to 2012, brought together campuses to examine how emerging technologies, particularly social networks, support and facilitate civic and political engagement.

Improving Civic Health and Agency

The Civic Agency Initiative, a partnership with the Center for Democracy and Citizenship from 2008 to 2012, sought to produce a series of national models for developing civic agency among undergraduates.

The Campus and Community Civic Health Initiative, a partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) from 2012 to 2014, was designed to identify and develop campus and community civic health assessments and tools, as well as action plans that responded to the findings.

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