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Beyond Urban Versus Rural: Understanding American Political Geography in 2016
Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire, June 2017, 4 pp.
This brief presents research that shows the complex variations in voting patterns in both urban and rural places, examining patterns over the last five presidential elections, treating rural-urban differences as a continuum, not a dichotomy. more info >
Looking Back, Thinking Ahead: Strengthening Minnesota's Public-Policy Process: A Civic Caucus Report
Civic Caucus, November 2016, 27 pp.
This report calls for a renewed commitment to solving public policy challenges. It issues a specific challenge challenge to Minnesota's philanthropic community to take the lead in fostering better study and analysis of community problems and development of better proposals for resolving them. more info >
2016 Veterans Civic Health Index
National Conference on Citizenship, October 2016, 24 pp.
This report looks at the civic health of America's veteran population. It includes data on volunteerism, engagement with local governments and community organizations, voting, helping neighbors, charitable giving, and more. more info >
Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change: High Impact Strategies for Philanthropy
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, September 2016, 44 pp.
This report outlines compelling demographic, aesthetic and economic reasons for foundations to rethink their grantmaking practices to stay current with changes in the cultural sector and to continue to be relevant to the evolving needs of our communities. It considers how foundations that invest in the arts can make fairness and equity core principles of grantmaking by prioritizing underserved communities and investing in community organizing and civic engagement work in the arts and culture sector. more info >
The Parties on the Eve of the 2016 Election: Two Coalitions, Moving Further Apart: Trends in Voter Party Identification 1992-2016
Pew Research Center, September 2016
Looks at the demographic profiles of the Republican and Democratic parties over time. more info >
Speaking for Ourselves: A Study with Immigrant and Refugee Communities in the Twin Cities
Wilder Research, April 2016, 383 pp.
The Speaking for Ourselves survey asked immigrants and refugees living in the Twin Cities about their perceptions and experiences related to education, transportation, housing, public health, safety, employment, finances, community and social engagement, and the immigrant experience. more info >
Volunteering and Civic Life in America
Corporation for National and Community Service, December 2015
A comprehensive look at volunteering and civic life. Provides national, state, and large city data. more info >
Red Rural, Blue Rural: Rural Does Not Always Equal Republican
Carsey School of Public Policy, August 2015, 2 pp.
Voting data for nearly 9,000 rural residents is analyzed in this fact sheet. Voting trends indicate that while Republican presidential candidates have generally done well in rural America, there are enclaves of Democratic support that may have significant impact on tightly contested elections. more info >
NCoC Civic Health Initiatives
A series of reports designed to inform citizens and policymakers about the state of our civil society and democracy. The Indices measure how well Americans are connecting to each other and their communities by rates of volunteering, voting, connections to civic and religious organizations, trust in other Americans and key institutions, and other civic behavior and attitudes. Reports focus on different populations groups and topics. more info >