Reports: Citizenship

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 >

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 >

Rural Pulse 2016
Blandin Foundation, May 2016, 91 pp.
Results of a survey of rural Minnesotans, done every three years. It presents demographic information including data on employment, family income, and length of residence. Respondents were asked questions about community leadership, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, life-long learning, infrastructure and services, recreational and artistic opportunity, safety and security, and inclusion. Respondents were asked to select the most critical issue to their community.   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 >

Latinos Civic Health Index
Tufts University; National Conference on Citizenship, August 2015, 36 pp.
This report shows that Latino youth are at the forefront of increasing civic engagement within their communities. While overall Latino civic participation rates are lower than the rest of the population, improved educational opportunities, English language proficiency, and a higher than average rate of social media usage create increased avenues for youth engagement.   more info >

The Health of State Democracies
Center for American Progress Action Fund, July 2015, 93 pp.
This report takes a broad approach to evaluate state-level democratic performance, evaluating measures such as voting laws, redistricting, campaign finance,  and fair courts as interconnected pieces of a state democracy. It examines each state’s performance across these measures in order to better examine the diverse criteria necessary for a successful democratic system.   more info >

America's Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, July 2014, 100 pp.
Detailed report that provides data on young adults, ages 18-24. Includes demographic characteristics, living situation, and overall well-being.   more info >

State of Black America
National Urban League, April 2014
Annual report presenting the National Urban League's Equality Index. Focuses on unemployment and income equality, but also includes measures of education, health, civic engagement, housing, transportation, and public safety for Hispanic, Black, and White populations. Includes metropolitan area rankings of unemployment and income equality. Requires a free registration to download full reports.   more info >

Young-Adult Voting: An Analysis of Presidential Elections, 1964-2012
United States Census Bureau, April 2014, 12 pp.
Using data from select November Current Population Survey (CPS) Voting and Registration Supplements, this report analyzes how important young-adult voting has been in the past, particularly in recent presidential elections, and how important it may become in the future.   more info >

All Together Now: Collaboration and Innovation for Youth Engagement
CIRCLE, October 2013, 60 pp.
Studies youth political engagement, including a look at civic education and informed voting.   more info >

The Diversifying Electorate: Voting Rates by Race and Hispanic Origin in 2012 (and Other Recent Elections)
United States Census Bureau, May 2013, 13 pp.
This report provides analysis of the increasingly diverse American electorate, with particular focus given to the patterns of voter turnout by race and Hispanic origin. in order to provide a better understanding of the social and demographic factors that have influenced recent American elections.   more info >

Rural Pulse 2013
Blandin Foundation, May 2013, 6 pp.
Research study designed to give a snapshot of the concerns, perceptions and priorities of rural Minnesota residents. For the first time, the survey included the perspectives of urban residents as well as specific racial and cultural perspectives.   more info >

The Journal for Civic Commitment
Community College National Center for Community Engagement, May 2013
Online journal that focuses on service learning, which connects the academic curriculum to service and civic engagement.   more info >

Millennials Civic Health Index
National Conference on Citizenship, February 2013, 24 pp.
Provides a profile of young Americans age 18 to 29 and looks at their civic engagement.   more info >

Community Conversations: Minnesotans Talk about Cities, Services, and Funding
League of Minnesota Cities, May 2012, 27 pp.
Findings from a series of community conversations conducted in 12 cities throughout Minnesota aimed at identifying potential solutions to service and funding challenges at the city level.   more info >

Community Leadership, Engagement, and Problem-Solving: Bush Foundation North Dakota Household Survey
Wilder Research, December 2011, 8 pp.
To better understand how North Dakotans feel about the future of their state, the Bush Foundation commissioned Wilder Research to conduct a survey asking questions about quality of life and the ability of their community to exercise the leadership necessary to address challenges.   more info >

Soul of the Community: Grand Forks
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, February 2011, 20 pp.
This study was conducted over three years in 26 cities across the United States where Knight Foundation is active. It was designed to find out what emotionally attaches people to a community and what makes them want to put down roots and build a life there.   more info >

A Tale of Two Cities: Civic Health in Miami and Minneapolis-St. Paul
National Conference on Citizenship, January 2011, 39 pp.
Compares civic engagement in the Twin Cities compared to Miami, the highest and lowest ranked areas in the nation. It provides data on volunteering, voting, membership in voluntary groups, helping neighbors, use of the news media, and discussion of current events.   more info >

Seven Ways to Engage Teens in Civic Problem-Solving Online
Citizens League, January 2011, 15 pp.
Suggestions from teens on civic engagement.   more info >

Soul of the Community: St. Paul, MN
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, November 2010, 20 pp.
This study was conducted over three years in 26 cities across the United States where Knight Foundation is active. It was designed to find out what emotionally attaches people to a community and what makes them want to put down roots and build a life there.   more info >

Soul of the Community: Duluth, MN
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, November 2010, 22 pp.
The goal of the Knight Foundation-Gallup Soul of the Community project is to explore how community qualities influence residents' feelings about where they live, and how those perceptions relate to local economic growth and vitality.   more info >

So What Difference Does it Make? Mapping the Outcomes of Civic Engagement
Institute of Development Studies, October 2010, 74 pp.
This paper presents results from a meta-case study analysis of 100 research studies of citizen engagement in 20 countries, identifying and examining outcomes centered on citizen participation.   more info >

Focusing on our growing senior population
League of Minnesota Cities, January 2009, 16 pp.
Looks at the effect of the growing senior population on city services and city employment and how to conduct a citizen dialogue to get their input on addressing the issues.   more info >

Connecting with our growing immigrant population
League of Minnesota Cities, January 2009, 16 pp.
The effects of a growing immigrant population on city services and employment and how to conduct a citizen dialogue on the issue.   more info >

Engaging younger generations
League of Minnesota Cities, January 2009, 16 pp.
How to involve the younger generation in addressing city issues and how to attract and retain younger workers. Includes a guide for engaging younger generations in a community dialogue.   more info >

Voter registration among young people
The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, June 2008, 7 pp.
Fact sheet showing an increase in voter registration rates among 18-29 year olds from 2000 to 2004.   more info >

New experiments in minority voter mobilization
The James Irvine Foundation, September 2007, 44 pp.
Reports on the California Voter Initiative, a multiyear effort to increase voter participation in targeted areas and evaluate the effectiveness of various nonpartisan strategies for increasing voting rates.   more info >

Young voter mobilization techniques: A compilation of the most recent research on traditional & innovative voter turnout techniques
The Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University, September 2006, 13 pp.
Outlines the best ways to reach and turn out young voters.   more info >

Citizens at the center: A new approach to civic engagement
The Case Foundation, July 2006, 31 pp.
Describes ways to make service and civic engagement a deeper and more entrenched cultural value and ethos in American communities.   more info >

Youth Vote Coalition
The Youth Vote Coalition, March 2004, 49 pp.
A how-to guide on mobilizing young voters.   more info >

Doing the common good better: A call to citizen action in Minnesota
Citizens League, March 2003, 35 pp.
Assesses the status of citizen engagement in the public problem-solving arena and provides recommendations.   more info >

Web sites

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 >

Citizens League
Identifies, frames and proposes solutions to public policy issues.   more info >

Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship
Located at Augsburg College, this Center promotes citizenship. It includes research, events, initiatives, and a blog.   more info >

Sunlight Foundation
Provides a list of more than 20 websites that track government transparency.   more info >

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