Reports: Citizenship

State of Black America
National Urban League, June 2022
Annual report presenting the National Urban League's Equality Index. Focuses on unemployment and income equality, but also includes measures of education, health, civic engagement, housing, transportation, and public safety for Hispanic, Black, and White populations. Includes metropolitan area rankings of unemployment and income equality. Requires a free registration to download full reports.   more info >

Civic Life Today: The State of U.S. Civic Engagement
Points of Light, April 2022, 20 pp.
This report explores Americans’ attitudes, behaviors and barriers around civic engagement.   more info >

The Civic Health Index 2021
National Conference on Citizenship, February 2022, 36 pp.
Looks at civic health trends across four broad categories: political and civic engagement, group affiliation, social comity, and information and knowledge.   more info >

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 >

Despite Pandemic, Civically Engaged Youth Report Higher Well-Being
CIRCLE, July 2021, 6 pp.
An analysis of the effects of the pandemic on youth, suggesting that civic access and participation helped some youth thrive despite the negative economic impacts of COVID-19, especially on young people of color.   more info >

Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2020
United States Census Bureau, April 2021
Presents data from the from the 2020 Current Population Survey Voting and Registration Supplement for the November 2020 presidential election, including patterns by voter age and race.   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 >

Latinos Civic Health Index
Tufts University; National Conference on Citizenship, August 2015, 36 pp.
This report shows that Latino youth are at the forefront of increasing civic engagement within their communities. While overall Latino civic participation rates are lower than the rest of the population, improved educational opportunities, English language proficiency, and a higher than average rate of social media usage create increased avenues for youth engagement.   more info >

The Health of State Democracies
Center for American Progress Action Fund, July 2015, 93 pp.
This report takes a broad approach to evaluate state-level democratic performance, evaluating measures such as voting laws, redistricting, campaign finance,  and fair courts as interconnected pieces of a state democracy. It examines each state’s performance across these measures in order to better examine the diverse criteria necessary for a successful democratic system.   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 >

Community Leadership, Engagement, and Problem-Solving: Bush Foundation North Dakota Household Survey
Wilder Research, December 2011, 8 pp.
To better understand how North Dakotans feel about the future of their state, the Bush Foundation commissioned Wilder Research to conduct a survey asking questions about quality of life and the ability of their community to exercise the leadership necessary to address challenges.   more info >

Soul of the Community: Grand Forks
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, February 2011, 20 pp.
This study was conducted over three years in 26 cities across the United States where Knight Foundation is active. It was designed to find out what emotionally attaches people to a community and what makes them want to put down roots and build a life there.   more info >

Seven Ways to Engage Teens in Civic Problem-Solving Online
Citizens League, January 2011, 15 pp.
Suggestions from teens on civic engagement.   more info >

So What Difference Does it Make? Mapping the Outcomes of Civic Engagement
Institute of Development Studies, October 2010, 74 pp.
This paper presents results from a meta-case study analysis of 100 research studies of citizen engagement in 20 countries, identifying and examining outcomes centered on citizen participation.   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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