In 2022, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities is conducting the first-ever data-driven Civic Health Index for the state. Many factors impact civic health, including community participation and community well-being. The Index will provide baseline context and information about diverse Rhode Islanders’ connections to civic life, and help us to understand where we are and where we’re going, together. This initiative is supported by the “A More Perfect Union” initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities and is being produced in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCOC).
Take the RI Civic Health Index Survey!
The 2022 Rhode Island Civic Health Survey is a crucial component of the state’s first-ever Civic Health Index. All Rhode Island residents 16+ are encouraged to participate.
The Rhode Island Civic Health Index Survey is available in English at: surveymonkey.com/r/RICHI. This survey is compatible with screen readers for enhanced accessibility. Questions? Contact email@example.com. Deadline to complete the survey is May 4, 2022 at 5:00 pm EST.
¡La Encuesta de Salud Cívica de Rhode Island de 2022 está disponible en español!
La Encuesta de Salud Cívica de Rhode Island de 2022 es un componente crucial del primer Índice de Salud Cívica del estado. Se anima a participar a todos los residentes de Rhode Island de 16 años o más.
La Encuesta de Salud Cívica de Rhode Island está disponible en español en: es.surveymonkey.com/r/RICHIESP. Esta encuesta es compatible con lectores de pantalla para mayor accesibilidad. ¿Preguntas? Póngase en contacto con firstname.lastname@example.org. La fecha de entrega para completar la encuesta es el 4 de mayo de 2022 a las 5:00 p. m. EST.
Rhode Islanders have experienced changes in the fabric of civic life during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have navigated fundamental rearrangements of how we interact with our communities and our government, as well as shifting connections between public health, political polarization, and media that have tested participatory democracy. The NCOC’s 2021 U.S. Civic Health Index reports on the underlying trends: “Stagnating levels of civic education, dwindling community group membership, and worsening interpersonal and institutional trust.” However, the NCOC Index also reports “signs of a vibrant civic nation with increased rates of volunteerism, political knowledge, and casting ballots, and millions of Americans joining together to protest police violence against Black Americans and other communities of color.”
While there have been recent reports on aspects of civic health, such as media literacy and civic education, an overall report on the status of our state’s civic health with established metrics does not exist. The Humanities Council seeks to bridge this gap with the RI Civic Health Index. In doing so, Rhode Island will join over 30 states to have a data-driven baseline assessment that can be leveraged in many contexts: public policy, public health, government, education, journalism, community development, arts, culture, and the humanities, and so on. This assessment will help Rhode Island understand who we are and what matters as we face the challenges from the pandemic and embrace new civic opportunities such as the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
Ten Community Partners with strong connections within their communities (geographic, religious, educational, racial/ethnic, gender and sexual identity, cultural, etc.), who have taken a formal or informal leadership role within those communities will support this initiative. Community Partners will shape the development of the Civic Health Index based on their own experiences and insights, ensuring that the Index reflects the stories and truths they hold about Rhode Island, and about how their communities participate in civic life in the state. The Humanities Council and its partners will promote the finished Index statewide and nationwide, making it a powerful opportunity to present civic life in Rhode Island as Rhode Islanders experience it.
RI Civic Health Index Community Partners include:
Cathleen Carr (she/her), South Kingstown
Christine Costa (she/her), Tiverton
Diana Figueroa (she/her), Pawtucket
Wanda Hopkins (she/her), Hopkinton
Mariam Kaba (she/her), Woonsocket
Alex Kithes (he/him), Woonsocket
Joel Rosario Tapia (he/him, they/them), Providence
Doug Victor (he/him), Providence
Kilah Walters-Clinton (she/her), Providence
Jannessa Ya (she/her), Cranston
If you or your organization are interested in supporting the Civic Health Index as Community Ambassadors, please see the FAQs below for more details about how to sign up for this volunteer opportunity.