Research has many purposes, but one of its most important is to help inform practice. However, translating research findings into actionable program strategies can be a difficult task. This article provides a quick guide on how to read and use research to improve program outcomes. Included is a summary of the most common types of research found in the field of youth civic engagement, advice on how to choose the right type of research for your particular program needs, and finally reflection questions designed to help integrate the research findings into daily program activities and future planning.
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