In partnership with Dr. Peter Levine of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University, CivXNow embarked on a nearly year-long research project involving over 7,000 respondents to map issues related to civic education in the United States and identify a path to strengthen K-12 civic education.
The study found 75 factors contributing to the poor state of K-12 civic education, and through 12,600 survey answers mapped those factors into 14 categories – and identified three key catalysts for strengthening civic education. Systems mapping (or the 5 Whys) is an established methodology in the sciences to diagnose complex problems that is less subject to respondent bias than a survey. System mapping helps identify factors with high leverage to effect systems change. The path for ensuring youth are more prepared and engaged in civic life can be understood through the factors of the CivXNow K-12 Civic Education System Map.