The National Conference on Citizenship–a non-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress– created America’s Civic Health Index to elevate the discussion of our nation’s civic health. Working with leading scholars across America, the National Conference on Citizenship created the Civic Health Index in association with the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America, and a network of 250 civic institutions. The goal is to prompt public deliberation about our civic condition, and how best to measure and improve it.
The principal findings of this report are based on 40 indicators of civic health organized into 9 categories. The survey information is nationally representative of the population as a whole and is complete through 2004 (with information from 2005, where available, included).