Civic Health and Community Vitality
NCoC (the National Conference on Citizenship) is a nonpartisan nonprofit chartered by the U.S. Congress to work at the forefront of our nation’s civic life. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), an independent federal agency, plays a vital role in supporting the American culture of citizenship, service and responsibility. The two organizations work together on the national civic health assessment, Civic Life in America, which builds upon on CNCS' previous volunteering research, providing additional information on a wide variety of indicators, including voter registration and turnout, political action, and connection to neighbors, family, and institutions. In 2011, the National Academies embarked upon a two-year panel study to examine these measures of civic engagement and cohesion and make recommendations for their collection moving forward.
This session will provide context on the civic health assessment partnership, highlight new findings from the 2012 Civic Life in America project, discuss how these indicators are being used to drive impact in communities, and provide an overview of the work of the National Academies panel.