We have a number of ongoing projects, some of which are described below.
P3 Student Avi McClelland-Cohen explores how social movement organizations become formalized and professionalized. She has been studying Indivisible, a nationwide, grassroots organization that emerged as part of the Trump resistance. Her work underscores the implications of various organizing practices and structures for organization- and movement-level goals.
Hahrie Han and Carina Barnett-Loro wrote a piece offering a framework for synthesizing research on movement building that demonstrates ways to focus research on power, and emphasizes the importance of organizing collective contexts in addition to mobilizing individuals to action.
How does a megachurch in America's Rust Belt bring people together across the racial divide?
Hahrie Han, Elizabeth McKenna and Andrea Campbell have a paper introducing the concept of civic feedbacks, which argues that the ways organizations engage individuals have feedbacks that shape the strategic position of organizations and the strategic options available to leaders.
Hahrie is working with the Ohio Organizing Collaborative and the PICO National Network on multi-year field experiments designed to study the effects of integrated voter engagement (IVE) models. As described in PICO’s 2015 report on its Let My People Vote program, IVE sits at the intersection of voter engagement and issue-based organizing. The goal of IVE programs is not just to win elections, but also to strengthen democracy, by building the power of constituencies to govern between elections and secure policy wins that reflect their interests. These IVE studies are designed to build our understanding of how specific practices affect turnout, especially among low-propensity voters, but also to look at the impact of organizing on voters’ and volunteers’ sense of agency and political efficacy (which are key determinants of long term civic engagement), how to increase our collective capacity to organize across race, gender and other differences, and how to translate the power built during elections into far-reaching policy change.