CivicPanel is an online research panel of people from the U.S. and other countries who sign up over the internet to participate in web-based surveys and studies about government, public affairs, and civic engagement. The overall size of the panel is about 20,000 people currently, with about 1000-2000 participating in any one study. About 6-10 studies are conducted each year by SPAA faculty and doctoral students using CivicPanel, and a half dozen articles from the project have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as American Review of Public Administration, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Performance & Management Review, and other journals.
CivicPanel is not a random sample, and thus the results are not scientifically projectable to the larger population. Survey results are, however, weighted by gender, race, age, and geography to more closely reflect the general demographic profile of the population. The project has proven especially useful for conducting web-based experiments on large, diverse samples to test various causal hypotheses about citizens and government.
Gregg Van Ryzin, PhD