Ideas at work

Find initiatives and collaborations working to increase civic engagement and learn about effective strategies for action.



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League of Cities
The League of cities encourages “dynamic local leadership by providing educational opportunities and a myriad of services to city officials, by connecting resources with needs, and by representing the interests of municipalities in state and federal public policy discussions.

League of Women Voters of North Dakota
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations
NDANO is a statewide membership association advancing North Dakota nonprofits through advocacy and public policy, education and training, resources and research, cost-saving programs, and leadership and networking.

North Dakota Legislative Branch
This official state government website includes information about laws and the Century Code, legislator information, and state budget information.

Secretary of State North Dakota
Executes with integrity the duties required by the North Dakota Constitution and the North Dakota Century Code, collects and preserves the records of the State as defined by the law; and acts as an ambassador for the State of North Dakota, its people, and its way of life. It provides information about many topics, including voter information, ballot measures, and election results.


CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement
CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, is a non-partisan, independent research organization focused on youth civic engagement in the United States. The Center conducts extensive research on youth participation, and leverage that research to improve opportunities for all young people to acquire and use the skills and knowledge they need to meaningfully participate in civic life.

CSG Midwest
The Council of State Governments is the nation’s only nonpartisan association of state officials serving all three branches of government in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. CSG is a regionally based, national organization that promotes excellence in state government. CSG fosters the interstate exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy, and it offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.

A non-profit, non-partisan, volunteer-based project whose mission is to expand participation and build stronger democracies and communities through the power of information and communication technologies and strategies.
This tool helps the public research and follow legislation in the United States Congress and the state legislatures. The website's goal is to promote government transparency and civic engagement through novel uses of technology. Includes a link to the ND members of the U.S. Congress.

Igniting Civic Engagement
The Case Foundation describes ways to make service and civic engagement a deeper and more entrenched cultural value and ethos in American communities.

The nation's first impartial real-time legislative tracking service designed for both public citizens and government affairs professionals across all sectors in organizations large and small.

Evidence based strategies

These websites identify proven strategies to address this topic area.  Keep in mind that each source differs in their definition of what is "evidence-based" or "proven."

Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government discusses social capital and principles for social capital building in the workplace; arts; politics and government; religion; and schools, youth organizations and families.



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