As an international leader in research in civic engagement and service, the Center’s initiatives seek to understand, inform, test and expand opportunities for civic engagement and service worldwide. At CSD, civic engagement is defined as social action that makes a difference at a local, national, or international level. Building houses for Habitat for Humanity, serving on an association’s board, and voting are all examples of civic engagement. The center’s research on civic engagement concentrates on inclusive participation in voting. CSD uses its expertise to assess and test practical innovations that remove barriers to voting and enhance voter participation.

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Research from 2019

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Race, Income, and Voting Access on Election Day, Aura Aguilar

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Volunteering and Measures of Human Development, Benjamin J. Lough PhD

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Will I Be Able to Cast My Ballot? Race, Income, and Voting Access on Election Day, Gena Gunn McClendon

Research from 2018

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Incomplete Democracy: The Relationship of Race, Income, and Education to Voter Participation, Gena Gunn McClendon PhD

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The Global Research Agenda on Volunteering for Peace and Development, Benjamin J. Lough PhD

Research from 2017

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Sharing the Classroom: A Professional Development Opportunity for Teachers and Social Workers, Anne Robertson

Research from 2015

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A Decade of International Volunteering From the United States, 2004 to 2014, Benjamin Lough

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Community Partner Perspectives of Dukeengage: 2011–2013, Sarita Barton

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Social and Emotional Learning and Social Work in Middle School: A Case Study in Community Partnership, Anne Robertson

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Strategic Directions for Global Research on Volunteering for Peace and Sustainable Development, Vera J. Seelig

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The Evolution of International Volunteering, Benjamin J. Lough PhD

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The Scottish Children's Panels as a Catalyst for Civic Engagement and Child Well-Being, Anne Robertson

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Working With Passion, Effecting Change in a Context of Uncertainty, Sandra M. Moore

Research from 2014

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Motivating Students Through Classroom-Based Service Learning: Toward Adoption and Impact, Anne Robertson

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Research Report: Assessing the Impacts of Service Learning on Middle School Students: Wyman's Teen Outreach Program®, Amanda Moore McBride

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Social Challenges and Policy Innovations by Social Workers in Australia, Manohar Pawar

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Social Workers Shaping Welfare Policy in South Africa: The White Paper for Social Welfare and Lessons for Policy Practice, Leila Patel

Research from 2013

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Impacts of the Mission Continues Fellowship Program on Post-9/11 Disabled Military Veterans, Their Families, and Their Communities, Monica M. Matthieu

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International Volunteering From the United States Between 2004 and 2012, Benjamin Lough

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Reexamining Impacts of the Mission Continues Fellowship Program on Post-9/11 Veterans, Their Families, and Their Communities, Monica M. Matthieu

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Reexamining Participant Satisfaction With the Mission Continues Fellowship Program for Post-9/11 Veterans, Monica M. Matthieu

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The Mission Continues: Reexamining Engagement of Post-9/11 Veterans in Civic Service, Monica M. Matthieu

Research from 2012

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Civic Service and Asset Building in Generating Livelihoods Among Youth in Africa, Benjamin Lough

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Informing Policy on Volunteer Service Through Agency-Based Evaluations, Nancy Morrow-Howell

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International Volunteerism in the United States, 2004-2010, Benjamin Lough

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Learning to Vote: Informing Political Participation Among College Students, Suzanne Pritzker

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Perspective on Diversity, Human Nature, and Social Inclusion, Michael Sherraden

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Volunteerism for Peace in East Africa, Benjamin Lough

Research from 2011

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Experience Corps: Pathway to New Engagement, Nancy Morrow-Howell

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International Service and Higher Education: Toward a Vision for the Field, Amanda Moore McBride

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Participant Satisfaction With the Mission Continues Fellowship Program for Post 9/11 Disabled Veterans, Monica M. Matthieu

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Productive Aging Conference Report, Center for Social Development

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The Mission Continues: Engaging Post-9/11 Disabled Military Veterans in Civic Service, Amanda Moore McBride

Research from 2010

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Capacity Building Contributions of Short-Term International Volunteers, Benjamin Lough

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Emerging Perspectives on International Volunteerism in Asia, Caroline Brassard

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Examining the Effects of New York Experience Corps® Program on Young Readers Literacy, Nancy Morrow-Howell

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International Volunteerism in the United States, 2008, Benjamin Lough

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Perceived Impacts of International Service on Volunteers: Interim Results From a Quasi-Experimental Study, Amanda Moore McBride

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The Effect of the Experience Corps® Program on Student Reading Outcomes, YungSoo Lee

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Youth Volunteer Service as Positive Youth Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, Lissa Johnson

Research from 2009

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A Case for Stipends in Volunteer Service, Amanda Moore McBride

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Evaluation of Experience Corps: Student Reading Outcomes, Nancy Morrow-Howell

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Evaluation Report of Vital Visionaries: Medical Student and Older Adult Outcomes, Ernest Gonzales

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Experience Corps: Effects on Student Reading, Nancy Morrow-Howell

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Experience Corps: Health Outcomes of Participation, Nancy Morrow-Howell

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Impacts of International Volunteering and Service: Individual and Institutional Predictors, Margaret S. Sherraden

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Measuring Volunteer Outcomes: Development of the International Volunteer Impacts Survey, Benjamin Lough

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Perceived Effects of International Volunteering: Reports From Alumni, Benjamin Lough

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Productive Aging Conference Report, Nancy Morrow-Howell

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The Rise and Fall of National Service in Nepal: A Critical Study of Service and Citizenship Building in Nepal, Chandra Bhatta