Educating the Public on Evidence-based methods for improving inter-group civility.

Who We Are

Civil Politics is no longer active, but was previously run by a group of academics whose expertise lies in the use of data to understand moral psychology.  You can read some of our publications here, here, and here.  An article about our organization is available here.  We keep this site available as a continued resource for interested people in the community.

Our mission was to serve groups and individuals who are trying to bridge moral divisions by connecting them with scientific research in this domain. We did this in three primary ways:

1) Education on scientific research for non-academics – We reviewed new scholarly articles that relate to bridging moral divisions and also attempt to distill this research into concrete recommendations that have the most support (e.g. these two recommendations).  We also consulted with organizations to tailor our recommendations to any particular situation.

2) Learning from partner organizations – There are many organizations doing valuable work bringing people together in their community and we seek to learn from their experiences.  We routinely interviewed organizations as to their best practices and share their wisdom with others.  We also helped with program evaluations and the combined qualitative and quantitative evidence from field work serves to also inform our understanding of the research as our best recommendations are supported both by academic studies and field experience.

3) Supporting new research – We published academic articles and collected data that is used by others to understand morality better, with an eye toward work that can specifically help bridge moral divisions.  Our data collection platform,, collects data from hundreds of thousands of people each year, educating the public while also providing data for numerous moral psychology studies.

Our hope has been to create a loop between researchers and practitioners, which will enable the evolution of effective, evidence based approaches to improving relations across divisions that have a moral dimension.  While we did not bring people together ourselves, we hope that our work can help some number of interested people and organizations bring people together more effectively.


Our goal is to educate the public about social science research on improving inter-group relations across moral divides.