Ideas at work

Find initiatives and collaborations working to increase civic engagement and learn about effective strategies for action.


Connecting the Dots
Connecting the Dots is a partnership of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation; the Cities of West Fargo and Fargo, North Dakota; Moorhead, Minnesota; and Sanford Health. We are pleased to offer this new community tool; a site that brings community resources, issues, and needs to one location.

CSG Midwest
The Council of State Governments is the nation’s only nonpartisan association of state officials serving all three branches of government in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. CSG is a regionally-based, national organization that promotes excellence in state government. CSG fosters the interstate exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy, and it offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.

A non-profit, non-partisan, volunteer-based project whose mission is to expand participation and build stronger democracies and communities through the power of information and communication technologies and strategies.

FirstLink’s mission is to assist people in identifying, accessing, and making effective use of community and volunteer resources in North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota.
This tool helps the public research and follow legislation in the United States Congress and the state legislatures. The website's goal is to promote government transparency and civic engagement through novel uses of technology. Includes a link to the ND members of the U.S. Congress.

Igniting Civic Engagement
The Case Foundation describes ways to make service and civic engagement a deeper and more entrenched cultural value and ethos in American communities.

League of Cities
The League of cities encourages “dynamic local leadership by providing educational opportunities and a myriad of services to city officials, by connecting resources with needs, and by representing the interests of municipalities in state and federal public policy discussions.

League of Women Voters of North Dakota
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

The nation's first impartial real-time legislative tracking service designed for both public citizens and government affairs professionals across all sectors in organizations large and small.

North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations
NDANO is a statewide membership association advancing North Dakota nonprofits through advocacy and public policy, education and training, resources and research, cost-saving programs, and leadership and networking.

North Dakota Legislative Branch
This official state government website includes information about laws and the Century Code, legislator information, and state budget information.

Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)
The Rural Assistance Center “was established as a rural health and human services information portal. RAC helps rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs, funding, and research that can enable them to provide quality health and human services to rural residents.

Secretary of State North Dakota
Information about many topics, including voter information, ballot measures, and election results.


Evidence based strategies

These websites identify proven strategies to address this topic area.  Keep in mind that each source differs in their definition of what is "evidence-based" or "proven."

Best practices in youth philanthropy
Coalition of Community Foundations looks at best practices in youth philanthropy. Areas include building structure and capacity, developing youth-adult partnerships, creating connections, developing skills and knowledge and planning for sustainability.

Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government discusses social capital and principles for social capital building in the workplace; arts; politics and government; religion; and schools, youth organizations and families.

Youth Vote Coalition
The Youth Vote Coalition is a how-to guide on mobilizing young voters.

Young voter mobilization techniques: A compilation of the most recent research on traditional & innovative voter turnout techniques
The Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University outlines the best ways to reach and turn out young voters.

Youth Involvement in Community Development: Implications and Possibilities for Extension
There is a need for Extension program/policy developers to better understand the role of youth in the community development process. The findings of this study provide insights into the factors most directly shaping youth attitudes and involvement in their communities. From these, implications for applied use in Extension programs are presented.



RSVP+ North Dakota
RSVP+ North Dakota invites individuals of all ages to enhance personal growth, develop leadership skills, and meet critical community needs through meaningful volunteer service opportunities.

Submit your Idea

Are you part of an initiative or collaboration working to improve this issue in your region?

Let us know – provide the name of your collaboration, the region it serves, and a link to more information.

North Dakota Compass

Center for Social Research
North Dakota State University

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