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Civic Health Research
The rapid growth of Florida’s highly mobile and diverse population has created an urgent need among public and private policy makers for reliable data measuring civic participation across many fronts. These policy makers – elected local officials, nonprofits, community foundations – are looking for a better means to understand very complex populations by age, profession, race, ethnicity and other determining factors. Florida’s rates of civic engagement, volunteerism and voting behavior often rank at or near the bottom of the 50 states. Because of the rapid growth of the state over the last three decades, local leaders often do not have a firm grasp on their communities.
In 2006, The National Conference on Citizenship launched an ambitious effort to establish a national index to measure the state of America's civic health. The Civic Health Index is intended to help the nation chart its progress toward building and maintaining engaged, effective, and responsible citizens.
In 2008, The Florida Joint Center for Citizenship - a partnership between the Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government at the University of Central Florida and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida - joined with NCoC and organizations in Ohio and California to begin the development of state-level civic monitoring systems.
Since that time, the Joint Center has published reports on Florida's civic health on an annual basis. Using this information, policy makers can better understand their communities and ultimately hope to improve the condition of Florida's level of civic engagement.
Civic Health Report:
2011 Civic Health Index: The Next Generation
This report examines the civic health of Millenials in the state of Florida as compared to their counterparts across the country as well as comparing their engagement to those Floridians who are 30+.