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Reports: Featured

2021 Veterans Civic Health Index
National Conference on Citizenship, November 2021, 28 pp.
This report looks at the civic health of America's veteran population. It includes data on volunteerism, engagement with local governments and community organizations, voting, helping neighbors, charitable giving, and more.   more info >

Social Media Use in 2021
Pew Research Center, April 2021, 15 pp.
National figures on social media use, including an overview of demographics and changes over time.   more info >

Designing and Conducting a Community-Based Civic Health Index: A Primer for Local Leaders
Carsey School of Public Policy, March 2021, 8 pp.
This primer offers suggestions for designing and conducting a community-based civic health index, which allows local leaders to determine what is most important to measure in a particular town or small city and then collect local data reflecting the specific civic activities of that community’s residents.   more info >

Voting and Attitudes Along the Red Rural–Blue Urban Continuum
Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire, October 2020, 6 pp.
This brief presents research that shows the complex variations in voting patterns in both urban and rural places, examining patterns over the last five presidential elections, treating rural-urban differences as a continuum, not a dichotomy.   more info >

The Nonprofit Sector in Brief 2019
Urban Institute, June 2019
This brief discusses trends in the number and finances of public charities and key data insights on important resources for the nonprofit sector.   more info >

Volunteering and Civic Life in America
Corporation for National and Community Service, December 2018
A comprehensive look at volunteering and civic life. Provides national, state, and large city data.   more info >

Red Rural, Blue Rural: Rural Does Not Always Equal Republican
Carsey School of Public Policy, August 2015, 2 pp.
Voting data for nearly 9,000 rural residents is analyzed in this fact sheet. Voting trends indicate that while Republican presidential candidates have generally done well in rural America, there are enclaves of Democratic support that may have significant impact on tightly contested elections.   more info >

America's Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, July 2014, 100 pp.
Detailed report that provides data on young adults, ages 18-24. Includes demographic characteristics, living situation, and overall well-being.   more info >

Web sites

NCoC Civic Health Initiatives
A series of reports designed to inform citizens and policymakers about the state of our civil society and democracy. The Indices measure how well Americans are connecting to each other and their communities by rates of volunteering, voting, connections to civic and religious organizations, trust in other Americans and key institutions, and other civic behavior and attitudes. Reports focus on different populations groups and topics.   more info >

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