A coalition of nonpartisan Wisconsin-based organizations, in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship, has released the first-ever report on Wisconsin’s civic health. You can find the full inaugural report here.
Coalition members include:
- The UW-Madison Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies
- Campus Compact for Wisconsin
- The Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- League of Wisconsin Municipalities
- Morgridge Center for Public Service at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
- The UniverCity Alliance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
- University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension
- Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service
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. “Civic health” is a term that refers to the degree to which citizens participate in their communities, from local and state governance to interactions with friends or family. Civic health also relates to the overall well-being of neighborhoods, communities, states, and the nation.
This publication also marks the beginning of a Wisconsin civic health initiative, which will mobilize these data to strengthen and catalyze civic engagement efforts in Wisconsin communities.