The National Conference on Citizenship

Mission: Strengthening civic life in America

NCoC pursues its mission through a nationwide network of partners involved in a cutting-edge civic health initiative and cross-sector conferences. At the core of these joint efforts is the belief that every person has the ability to help their community and country thrive.

Vision: Increasingly engaged, resilient communities as evidenced by measurable increases in the number of partners who individually and collectively take action to enhance civic life as a strategy for addressing their communities’ most pressing challenges.


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The Latest Research

The first Indiana Civic Health Index (CHI) was published in 2011 to evaluate the Hoosier state’s civic health. The second CHI in 2015 explored more deeply the impediments to civic participation and the resources that can be harnessed to further strengthen civic commitments in the state. Indiana’s dedication to civic health continues today, in the face of an ever-changing landscape. Since 2015, more data has become available on national elections as well as other forms of civic engagement that reveal important changes in our civic mind.

Explore the Data

In 2009, NCoC was incorporated into the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act to expand the national civic health assessment in partnership with the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) and the US Census Bureau. Today, the Civic Health Index draws upon data from the US Census Current Population Survey’s Voting, Volunteering, and Civic Engagement supplements. Data collection is made possible by funding from CNCS. NCoC has developed partnerships with states in blue to use data-driven approaches that strengthen civic health.

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In Review: 2017 Annual Conference on Citizenship

An honest look at challenges facing our country

Collectively, conference participants considered what it will take to repair the civic fabric of our communities, begin closing the opportunity gap, and focus on civic learning to support both. Going forward, work will focus on tangible ways philanthropy and other leaders can support and invest in civic learning and civic health as mechanisms to influence equity and opportunity outcomes.

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