The National Conference on Citizenship’s civic health initiatives are, according to their mission, “efforts to explore America’s civic life and motivate citizens, leaders, and policymakers to strengthen it. Through analysis and initiatives, we call attention to what we learn, make it applicable to our action planning, and help take an evidence-based approach to helping our communities and country thrive.”
Believing that information about communities is essential for dialogue and encouraging participation, the NCoC wants to “call attention to what we learn, make it applicable to action planning, and take an evidence-based approach to inform policies, programs and initiatives that advance engagement and unlock our communities’ potential to thrive” and is seeking partners in communities all across the country to help make this happen.
NCoC’s role in this process is to “manages the research, provides the key findings, performs customized analysis, assists with editorial guidance, manages production, and provides a national platform to raise visibility and support for partner-driven outreach efforts.” Partners are tasked to use the data gathered and “craft a narrative that gives life to the findings, providing critical context for the research and preparing recommendations for next steps.” Partners are also encouraged to take the lead in policymaker outreach.
NCoC partners with over 25 communities and are now seeking new local and regional partners to join in their efforts for 2012. Interested organizations can learn more at www.ncoc.net/PartnerRecruitment, or by contacting NCoC’s Director of Community Strategies, Kristi Tate. There’s also a great description of the origins of the Civic Health Index on this page.