We generate and synthesize research on key civil rights and equal opportunity policies that have been neglected or overlooked.
The Civil Rights Project uses research as the foundation for a wide variety of written products. These are designed to define and accentuate the racial justice implications of key policy choices to legislators, the media, and the general public, and to arm civil rights organizations with the intellectual capital they need to become more influential at the national, state and local levels. To date, CRP has commissioned or produced over 400 studies on a range of topics, some of which include:
- Impacts of the elimination of the use of affirmative action in higher education admissions decisions in several states
- Benefits of racial diversity in K-16 education
- Impacts of Title I and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) reforms on K-12 education, and particularly on minority children
- Alignment of the civil rights and standards-based school reform agendas
- High stakes testing
- The relationship between religion and civil rights goals and advocacy
- Racial disparities in school discipline and special education practices
- School resegregation trends and remedies
- Dropout trends and remedies
- Long-term implications of the country's rapidly changing demographics, especially in suburbs and metro areas
- Unique crises confronting underrepresented populations
- Effective educational policies for language minority students (English Language Learners)
With our efforts we hope to improve the channels of communication through which research findings are translated and communicated to advocates, policymakers and the broader public and, conversely, to improve the channels through which the needs of policymakers and advocates are communicated to researchers.