September 27, 2022 –
The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities has published the 2022 Rhode Island Civic Health Index. This report serves as the state’s first-ever Civic Health Index, an initiative led by the Humanities Council in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and the Rhode Island Department of State with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities through the “A More Perfect Union” initiative and from the Rhode Island Foundation.
This 2022 Rhode Island Civic Health Index draws upon data-driven indicators and information about diverse connections to civic life to join the 30 other states that have examined their own civic well-being. This report provides a baseline to help communities, leaders, and policy makers understand what challenges and opportunities Rhode Islanders share.
The Index includes an introduction to Rhode Island; regional and national context for the state’s civic health; and in-depth discussions of five areas of civic health in Rhode Island: Community Well-Being, Social Connection, Public Participation, Collective Understanding, and Engagement with Government. The Index was developed using existing data sources from the US Census, the Rhode Island Department of State, and the Rhode Island Life Index, as well as new data from the 2022 RI Civic Health Index Survey, which was created and distributed by the Humanities Council in collaboration with 10 Community Partners.