Upcoming Webinar: NCoC and Civic Health Partnership Opportunities
Civic data is essential to measuring, understanding, and shaping how our communities and democracy are functioning. Each year, NCoC and their partners at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) release in-depth information on how Americans are engaged in our communities across the country.
The most recent findings show some promising trends, but also some troubling gaps in participation. Interesting findings include:
- In 2011, the national volunteer rate reached a five-year high.
- There were also upward trends in how often we help each other informally, by looking after each other’s kids or helping a neighbor in need.
- However, connections to our neighbors could be stronger, as just 13.3% of Americans said that they talk with their neighbors every day and only 30.4% do so a few times a week.
- There are other gaps in local participation in civic life. Nearly a third of Americans say they never vote in local elections, and the majority of us are not involved in any organizations or groups in our communities.
- Social media is often cited as the new wave of political engagement, but 72.1% of Americans say they never use the Internet to express opinions on political or community issues.
This information presents an important opportunity to develop strategies at the local level that strengthen civic engagement. NCoC currently works with partners in 30 communities to help make this data meaningful. These partners tell the story of what this data means, give context to the findings, and put forward recommendations on what can be done to strengthen civic life.
Want to learn more about how to bring this data to your community? Join NCoC for a webinar presentation on civic health partnership opportunities on March 27th, 2-3 PM Eastern.
The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) is a non-partisan nonprofit chartered by Congress in 1953 to advance the nation’s civic life.