In 2005, the Civic Education Project of the North Carolina City and County Management Association (NCCCMA) gathered information from 18 North Carolina citizens academy programs. The North Carolina Civic Education Consortium aided those initial efforts.
Beginning in 2009, School of Government faculty member Rick Morse and his research assistants began following up on these initial efforts. Seth Cutter surveyed the original 18 programs and about 20 additional North Carolina programs by phone and e-mail between September and December 2010 with a more extensive set of questions. Additionally, about 40 national programs were surveyed during the same time. This website was officially launched in October 2011.
Programs in the database are asked to update their information on an annual basis using the form on this website. Additionally, any program can fill out the form and be added to the database. Occassionally after reviewing entries, Rick Morse or his research assistants conduct follow-up interviews for more detailed information.
The NCCCMA Civic Education Project and the North Carolina Civic Education Consortium continue to support and sponsor the ongoing research and this website.
Research on Citizens Academies
Blog post by Rick Morse, October 2012
Ricardo S. Morse, September 2012, Public Performance & Management Review 36(1): 79-101.
Blog post by Rick Morse, April 2012
Seth Cutter, MPA ’12 | UNC School of Government, December 2010 (first release; updates linked to website form)
Julie Hochsztein, MPA ’09 | UNC MPA Capstone, March 2011