Since its founding in 1993, the Annenberg Public Policy Center has examined the challenges facing the three branches of government, the press, and the public schools. Its Institutions of Democracy area works to enhance the public’s appreciation of the nature and function of these democratic institutions. Among its major initiatives are surveys of public knowledge and sentiment, including the National Annenberg Election Survey (NAES), the Institutions of Democracy (IOD) Survey, and the annual Annenberg Civics Knowledge Survey. NAES and IOD data sets are available to scholars upon request. To access the data, click on this link and complete the form.
APPC’s project FactCheck.org researches the veracity of claims made by political candidates. Annenberg Classroom, a project of the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics in partnership with the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, offers free, award-winning multimedia resources to teach the Constitution. The Civics Renewal Network, founded in 2014, is a partnership of more than three dozen nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations dedicated to strengthening civic life by providing free, high-quality resources to teachers and students. Our Student Voices project was a nationwide civic engagement initiative that encouraged young people to become politically involved.
The Institutions of American Democracy book project examined the challenges facing the three branches of government, the press and the public schools, and disseminated the results in a book series published by Oxford University Press.