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Assessing the Impacts of the ADP National Meeting

By Cecilia M. Orphan, American Democracy Project

We need your help.

Did you attend the ADP National Meeting in Providence, RI, in June 2010? If so, please take a moment to fill out this brief, online survey that will help us better understand the impacts of the conference.

Our goal is to assess the actual value of the conference to participants in a few key areas:

  • We are interested in the immediate impact the event had while you were there. We want to know which one or two sessions/events provided you with some kind of information, or connections, that you felt were most important to your growth in supporting the ADP.
  • We want to know what information and/or networks you have used after the conference was over that has/have helped you or improved your civic engagement work.
  • We hope to capture the more complicated outcomes of your involvement and learn how you developed new approaches to civic engagement occurs.


This is a very short survey, I promise.  It will not take long to complete but your contribution to future American Democracy Project national conferences will be long-lasting. Click here to fill out this brief survey.

Robert Shumer, a Research Associate and Lecturer at the University of Minnesota, created the survey and will be analyzing the results of the survey. We will share the results and use your feedback for future programming.

Thank you in advance for considering this request.

Kids Talk Democracy Documentary

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

Kids Talk Democracy was an amazing project to work on which reminded me of how smart elementary school children are, and how cognizant they are of the intricacies of complex notions about democracy, freedom, and compromise. As educators, we often think that we are the ones teaching our students. This video shows that we also have a lot to learn from them as well. These children give me hope that we will have a brighter, more engaged future.

I hope this video will inspire ADP campuses around the country to work with their local K-12 schools to develop the civic skills of their students, as well as to listen to the voices of children, hear their hopes for the future, and hopefully become inspired. The short Kids Talk Democracy documentary is now available online. To view photos from the filming of Kids Talk, please visit the ADP Facebook page.

To view the video, please visit this website.

Call for Participation in the Civic Health Index

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC). NCoC is looking to recruit AASCU campuses to participate in creating State Civic Health Indexes. An informational session will take place at the ADP National Meeting in Providence, RI, Saturday, June 19.

NCoC Partnership Opportunity America’s Civic Health Index is an annual report that measures the civic health of our nation, states, and communities while educating and motivating citizens, business and nonprofit leaders, and policymakers to strengthen it.

In 2009, NCoC produced state Civic Health Index reports in CA, FL, IL, MN, NH, and OH. As the Civic Health Index is increasingly a part of the dialogue around which policymakers, communities, and the media talk about civic life, expansion opportunities exist to help local communities assess their civic vitality and compare their data to other communities across the nation. We are seeking AASCU institutions to serve as local partners to cooperatively produce and release Civic Health Index reports in all 50 states by 2012.

Role for AASCU institutions: The role for partners is simple: NCoC manages the survey, working group, research, analysis, design and publication, while the local partner helps write the report (giving a local context to the key findings), assists with a local release event (including being the exclusive local spokesperson), and secures funds for the customized Civic Health Index report.

Please contact Cecilia M. Orphan if you would like to participate in this new ADP/NCoC initiative ( To learn more, please plan to attend the breakfast informational session at the ADP National Meeting, Saturday, June 19, at 7:30 a.m.

Don’t Forget to Sign Up for the Campus and Friends Showcase at the ADP National Meeting!

Would you like to promote your ADP campus activities? Here’s a great opportunity to share and celebrate your work and help others learn how to promote civic engagement on their campuses. For the sixth year in a row, we will feature the ever-popular Campus and Friends Showcase!  There is no cost.  Simply complete this very quick registration form no later than May 15th, 2010.

The Campus and Friends Showcase will take place on Friday, June 18th 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. We will be available to help you set up your materials beginning at 9:00 a.m. that day. The Showcase is designed as an exhibit hall, with tables available for presenters. Boxed lunches will be served in this room to guarantee high visibility. Last year, the Campus and Friends Showcases was one of the most popular parts of our program. People loved to see what other campuses have done with the American Democracy Project.  The Showcase also serves as an important networking opportunity for project participants.

Information about materials you should provide, the set-up, and the structure of the showcase are available upon request. Please contact Cecilia M. Orphan to learn more.

If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for the American Democracy Project National Meeting, June 17-19, 2010. To register for the meeting visit this website.

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