Final Reporting Guidelines - The New Civics

 

The Spencer Foundation has an interest in tracking the progress and shaping the future direction of research within The New Civics initiative. In order to achieve these goals, we ask targeted questions about grants made through this Initiative. Reporting guidelines for research grants are listed first, followed by reporting guidelines for conferences.

Research Grants

The final report for research grants in The New Civics initiative should include:

  • An abstract summarizing the main findings of your project in 250 words or fewer. As we likely will post the project abstract on the Spencer website, this should be written for a broad audience.
  • A final progress report, answering each of the following questions in 250 words or fewer:

    • Does your study yield unexpected findings or provide original evidence related to highly contested questions?
    • Which of your findings are best supported and yield the greatest explanatory power?
    • What new directions or new questions, if any, does your research suggest for future research?
    • How might your findings fit into a broader developmental framework for civic learning and civic action that includes individuals younger and/or older than your research population?
    • We see the development of more explicit and coherent theoretical frameworks as a basis for progress in research in the civic arena. Which bodies of theory does your work support, challenge, or develop, and how?
    • What does your research reveal about social inequality in youths’ civic learning and civic action and about attempts to increase equality in this area?
    • What does your research suggest about the quality of civic learning and civic action (i.e., its grounding in deliberation and depth of understanding)?
    • If your project included data collection or the development of new measures, how will the data or measures be made available to other researchers?
    • Based on your research, what specific recommendations could be made for educational policy and/or practice?

Reports should be concise. We request that final narrative reports be from 4 to 6 pages.

In addition to the final progress report, we also ask that the following listings be provided:

  • A listing of published papers, book chapters, dissertations, websites, and other products that have resulted from this study. We also would appreciate receiving copies of any publications resulting from the grant for inclusion in the Spencer library.
  • A listing of conference papers and presentations that have resulted from this study.
  • A listing of the ways you have communicated the results or implications of your work to communities of practice and policy.
  • A listing of the research personnel involved in the project. Please provide their names, whether they received funding, and indicate for each individual his/her academic role: faculty member, postdoctoral student, graduate student, undergraduate student, or other (please specify).

 

Conference Grants

For a conference grant, we ask that the final report include the following:

  • An abstract summarizing the main ideas and proceedings/activities of your project in 250 words or fewer. As we likely will post the project abstract on the Spencer website, this should be written for a broad audience;
  • The conference agenda; 
  • The conference participant list; 
  • A final progress report would provide an overview of the main points and activities of the conference, along with a summary of any original findings or arguments presented at the conference.  To the extent applicable, we would like to learn about how the conference points to new directions or new questions for future research; what the conference proceedings reveal about social inequality in youths’ civic learning and civic action and about attempts to increase equality in this area; and what the discussions had to say about quality of civic learning and civic action (i.e., its grounding in deliberation and depth of understanding).

Reports should be concise. We request that final narrative reports be from 2 to 4 pages.

In addition to the final progress report, we also request a listing of published papers and other products that have resulted from the conference. Finally, we would appreciate receiving copies of any publications resulting from the grant for inclusion in the Spencer library.

 

 

Please email your report as an attachment using Microsoft Word format to Maricelle Garcia at mgarcia@spencer.org. Should you have any questions you may contact Maricelle by phone at 312-274-6515. Please send publications to:

Maricelle Garcia
Spencer Foundation
625 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60611