Civic participation in the U.S. has been on the decline. This withdrawal from public life has been linked to many of the pressing social problems facing individuals, families, and communities. This inaugural report on Wisconsin’s civic health summarizes data from the 2019 Civic Health Index™ on Wisconsin residents’ civic engagement and community connectedness. These data are presented alongside Wisconsin demographic information, civics education standards, trends in local politics and news, and current civic health efforts.
With the publication of this report, Wisconsin joins 30 other U.S. states in measuring civic health, laying the groundwork for tracking changes and improvements. This publication also marks the beginning of a civic health of Wisconsin initiative, which will mobilize these data to strengthen and catalyze civic engagement efforts in Wisconsin communities.