Civic Life in America: Issue Brief

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Key Findings on the Civic Health of the Nation

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This issue brief, based on the Civic Health Assessment, provides an overview of key national findings that can help us reconfigure the way we think and talk about engaging Americans in addressing complex societal challenges, such as economic recovery, under-performing schools, and unexpected needs arising out of disasters.

It focuses on activities that fall within five main categories:

  • Service.
  • Participating in a Group.
  • Social Connectedness.
  • Political Action.

These data help us to understand the ways people are already getting involved, as well as opportunities to increase and sustain diverse and new types of engagement, and make fact-based decisions to build tools and designate resources to meet community needs.

The Civic Health Assessment measures America’s civic habits across a wide range of indicators in an effort to strengthen citizen participation in our communities, states and nation. The findings are based on research conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2008 and 2009.

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