Social Movements Research

PERE’s social movement research illuminates in detail the vital elements necessary for movement building, alliance formation, and leadership development. Social movements—which occasionally produce protests, marches, and demonstrations—are actually sustained through groups of people that develop a frame or narrative based on shared values, maintain a link with a real and broad base in the community, and effect long-term transformation in systems of power.

PERE’s work in the area of social movements includes:

  1. Providing guideposts for both foundations and the field to think through what makes for successful social movements

  2. Bringing together philanthropy and organizers to co-create movements and metrics for social change

  3. Building up the research scaffold to support the movement’s ecosystem of change

Our partners include Atlantic Philanthropies, California Calls, The California Endowment, Florida New Majority, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance, Labor/Community Strategy Center, National Domestic Workers’ Alliance, Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE), UCLA Labor Center, and countless community organizers who have shared their wisdom with us.

PERE’s arc of research in this area has been developed in the following order:




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