Useful Links


Freedom House

Freedom House issues an annual report on the condition of freedom worldwide, plus research and policy recommendations on a variety of democracy-related issues. 

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)

IDEA, composed of 34 member countries, offers data on electoral justice, voter turnout, political finance, direct democracy, and more. 

Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan “fact tank” that provides a plethora of survey data on U.S. politics, Hispanics, media and news, U.S. and international social trends, religion, internet and tech, science. 

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

NED awards grants to non-governmental groups fighting for democracy outside the USA, and provides reports on authoritarian influence, democracy, informational space, and more. 

International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

IFES researches the socio-political factors that affect the development of emerging democratic institutions through surveys and other publications. Topics include elections, social impact, reforms, public opinion, and more. 

International Republican Institute (IRI)

IRI conducts research on the effects of political and democratic changes around the world and helps support developing democracies around the world. 

National Democratic Institute (NDI) 

NDI works alongside the International Republican Institute as they both research similar topics. NDI provides interesting toolkits and guides for development policy and political decision-making in specific events. 

Formal & Informal Education


Edutopia is dedicated to changing K-12 education for the better and works jointly with Lucas Education Research. They focus on several topics, such as Project-Based Learning, Teacher Development, Technology Integration, and more.  

Connected Learning

Connected Learning Alliance works to join all educators and organizations in providing new technologies for the purpose of learning. They provide publications of specific advancements around the country in places like public libraries and schools. 

EL Education

EL Education’s mission is to empower teachers and schools through their model and research. They have helped reform schools across the school and display the results and progress of their models through research and publications. 

Character Lab

Character Lab is a nonprofit organization that researches what makes children thrive in and out of school. They present their research in “Playbooks” designated to specific areas of children education and development, such as Emotional Intelligence, Curiosity, Growth Mindset, and more. 


ERIC is a database for education resources powered by the Institute of Education Sciences and provides research from peer-reviewed journals and other resources. 

Institute of International Education (IIE)

The Power of International Education focuses on education abroad. They have several research projects that each have different focuses, such as Open Doors which looks at international students and teachers in the United States. 

Citizen Engagement

Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG)

From the University of California, Riverside, the Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) researches factors that affect citizen participation in society. They give various publications on how factors like education, race, ethnicity, etc. can affect voting, economic opportunities, and more. 

Global Partnership for Social Accountability

The Global Partnership for Social Accountability works around the world and researches through the implementation of several programs. They give reports for their progress in categories like education, agriculture, and health and show effective ways to promote citizen engagement. 

Tisch College of Civic Life

Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life publishes journals and books that demonstrate the research on civic engagement. The journals encompass a large variety of research related to civic studies, such as the effects of engagement on gender or education. 

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement

Based in the United Kingdom, the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement researches to encourage quality engagement amongst its citizens. Among their research include briefing papers, guides, evaluation reports, and more. 

OECD Better Life Index

The OECD Better Life Index measures different factors in 43 different countries, one topic being Civic Engagement. In this assessment, OECD evaluates each country over periods of time to see changes in their engagement. 

Citizen Diplomacy

Center for Citizen Diplomacy

The Center for Citizen Diplomacy unites individuals and organizations in promoting global engagement for all peoples across all cultures. They have several publications and programs that work to empower the voices of everyone. 

National Museum of American Diplomacy

From the U.S. Department of State, the National Museum of American Diplomacy seeks to educate people of their diplomatic possibilities through exhibits, programs, and readings.  

USC Center on Public Diplomacy

University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy extensively researches the roles of citizen diplomacy in society and provides a large collection of research with reports on policy. 

Global Ties

Global Ties is a large network of several organizations and countries that works on building connections between citizens across the world. They facilitate various programs dedicated to citizen diplomacy and publish impact reports that show the effects of their work. 

Salzburg Global Seminar

The Salzburg Global Seminar based in Austria releases many articles and publications focusing on the roles of diplomacy between citizens and governments. They also release publications under their forums that allow more focused research.