A community’s civic health is defined by the degree to which individuals participate in civic activities ranging from volunteering and giving to voting to connecting with family and friends to having confidence in public institutions.
Civic health is vital to our communities – it keeps our economies resilient, governments accountable and representative, and social capital high.
In order to document civic health throughout the state and take action to strengthen it, the Nebraska Civic Health Partnership commissioned the first-ever Civic Health Index for Nebraska. Partners in 2015 include Civic Nebraska, the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, the Nebraska Community Foundation, the University of Nebraska Center for Civic Engagement, the University of Nebraska at Omaha Service Learning Academy, and the Nebraska State Bar Foundation have come together to work with the National Conference on Citizenship to produce the report.
The report is just the beginning. We intend to travel to communities across the state to use it as a catalyst to begin the discussion on what civic health means to our communities and how we can strengthen it.
The report documents current levels of civic health throughout the state and also provides a 5 action-step roadmap to strengthening civic health in Nebraska.
- Continue to grow the strong tradition of connecting all Nebraskans.
- Create and promote accessible networks for community engagement.
- Activate Nebraskans to register and vote by modernizing the process.
- Increase interaction between elected representatives and constituents.
- Prioritize civic education that fosters civic action for all students in Nebraska.
Download the full report or the executive summary to learn more.