CRRES Affiliate Brad Fulton (O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs) and his colleague Matthew Baggetta were recently awarded a federal grant from AmeriCorps to extend and expand their Observing Civic Engagement project. They will be using a novel systematic social observation tool they developed to examine the internal dynamics of several nonprofit organizations in Bloomington, Indiana.
Find a brief description of their study below:
What goes on inside civil society organizations (CSOs)? Surprisingly little is known about how the internal workings of CSOs affect organizations’ outcomes. Our study will examine 60 CSOs in Bloomington using an innovative data collection technique known as systematic social observation (SSO). We will connect data from CSO meetings, events, and activities to other data on organizational outcomes. Our findings will improve understanding of how civic organizations work, will help civic organizers increase local civic engagement, and will provide a clearer picture of the civic infrastructure of the Bloomington community.
Congratulations, Drs. Fulton and Baggetta!