P3 Research

We have a number of ongoing projects, some of which are described below.

A Framework for Research on Movement Building

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.



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Building a Bigger Tent: An Ohio Megachurch's revival of Religious Community Activism

How does a megachurch in America's Rust Belt bring people together across the racial divide?


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New! Center on Democracy and Organizing

Join Hahrie Han, Lisa Garcia Bedolla and Taeku Lee at a summer training through the Center for Democracy and Organizing (CDO)! 


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Organizational Foundations of People Power

Follow Hahrie Han, Elizabeth McKenna, and Michelle Oyakawa as they explore how grassroots organizations in six states across the US built their internal and external capacities to enact statewide, progressive change. 


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Civic Feedbacks

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.


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Want Gun Control? Learn from the N.R.A.

Hahrie recently published an oped in The New York Times arguing for the importance of organizing to win on issues like gun violence prevention.


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Field Experiments on Integrated Voter Engagement

two-logos.pngHahrie 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. 

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Pathways to Environmental Activism

activism.pngHahrie is working with Nate Deshmukh Towery and UCSB graduate student Aaron Sparks to analyze data on people’s pathways into environmental activism. What kinds of experiences catalyze people into activism? What is the relationship between online and offline activity? This project will describe patterns of activism within one major international environmental organization, to examine how people engage with the organization after joining. Read the paper here.

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The Organizational Roots of Political Activism: Field Experiments on Creating a Relational Context

American-Journal-Science-Review.pngThis paper examines the role that democratic organizations play in fostering political activism in America. Activists make democracy work by attending meetings, engaging others, trying to make their voice heard, and participating in myriad other ways. Yet we have a limited understanding of what role organizations play in cultivating that activism. The paper presents data from three field experiments showing that creating a relational organizational context makes targets more likely to sign petitions, recruit others, and attend meetings. The paper argues that civic organizations can have a powerful impact on activism. In doing so, it challenges individualistic models of participation and introduces a new set of variables related to organizational context to consider in understanding the sources of participation. The paper thus extends a burgeoning body of experimental research on voter mobilization to examine forms of activism that are increasingly common modes of citizen involvement in the twenty-first century.

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