In the same way that doctors conduct an annual check-up to assess our health, we can collect information to assess the civic health of our communities. Civic health includes factors such as how much people trust each other, show up at public meetings, get involved, vote, and help out neighbors.
This seven-part guide is designed to help people at the local level collect data to better understand what factors bring people together or push them apart. This information can help communities to thrive and strengthen democracy at the local level.
The guide includes exercises around mapping the different populations who live in your community, evaluating how local spaces build or discourage community, building equity into local engagement processes, and collecting and analyzing data about civic health including surveys, dialogues, interviews, and civic photojournalism.
Carsey School of Public Policy
Durham, N.H. : Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire
Moore-Vissing, Quixada; Portrie, Carrie; Holt-Shannon, Michele; Mallory, Bruce L.; Carson, Jessica A.; Bromberg, Daniel; Boege, Sarah; Prescott, Carly; McNally, Steph; and Townsend, Mikayla, "Local Civic Health: A Guide to Building Community and Bridging Divides" (2023). The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository. 459.
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