Social Capital

The most powerful force in American democracy is the connection among citizens. NCoC aims to understand how socio-economic and demographic factors, time spent with family, friends, and neighbors, and elements of trust and connectedness affect the process of civic engagement.

NCoC believes to address community issues and challenges in any area, research must be collected, discussion must occur, and solutions must be proposed. Here, you can see research, discussion, and solutions associated with social capital. This is meant to help explain and animate that focus area, as well as facilitate the process of moving from information to action within it.
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Social Capital Research

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Figure 3: Preferred Ways to Engage "Citizen-Centered" EngagementDiscussing and ActingOur most active citizens both attend public meetings on community issues and work with other people directly on public problems. Sep 17th, 2007 civic health index
Connecting Others through Friends & Family “Lonely Nation”: People Are Considerably Less Connected To Family And FriendsSigns of Civic DeclineMore than one-fourth of American households (29.8 million of them) consist of just one person, compared with less than one-fifth of American households (13.9 million) in 1975. Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
2008 Civic Health Index: Sustaining civic engagement beyond Election DayThe National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) today released their 2008 civic report called “America’s Civic Health Index: Beyond the Vote”. [True confessions: the Saguaro Seminar was ... September 22, 2008 blog
A Call for Civic EducationVirginia Civic Health Index 2010 November 8, 2010 civic health index
A Closer Look: Great Consistency- Across Income, Education, Ethnicity- in Decreased ParticipationCalifornia 2009 Civic Health Index November 24, 2009 civic health index
Access to Information and Civic EngagementMissouri Civic Health Index 2010 October 26, 2010 civic health index
ACTIONS THAT BUILD COMMUNITYArizona Civic Health Index 2010 September 23, 2010 civic health index
ACTIONS THAT INFLUENCE GOVERNMENTArizona Civic Health Index 2010 September 23, 2010 civic health index
Figure 9: Civic Engagement of African Americans and Others African Americans are EnergizedThe 2008 America’s Civic Health index survey finds African Americans more engaged in almost every respect than the population as a whole. Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
Americans are Turning Inward and Cutting Back Civic Engagement in Tough Economic TimesThe Economic Downturn is Reshaping Civic Engagement66% said that people are responding to the current economic downturn by looking out for themselves, while only 19% said people around them are responding to the recession by helping each other more. August 27, 2009 civic health index
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Social Capital Discussions and Commentary

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Civic Health and the Economy: Making the Connection2013 Issue BriefMultiple studies over the past several years point to a compelling truth: there is a strong relationship between civic health and a thriving economy. This report attempts to weave together the most interesting ... September 18, 2013
Volunteering as a Pathway to EmploymentCan volunteering be the difference-maker in your next interview?NCoC believes that when our citizens are engaged, our communities are stronger and more resilient—and we have data to back it up. Exciting new research released today by our colleagues at the Corporation ... June 18, 2013
Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2012 By the NumbersHigh levels of neighbor engagement means strong communities. How often do we talk with one another, help each other out, and how much do we trust the people in our communities? Our latest data shows there’s ... March 14, 2013
Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2012 By the NumbersAre Americans Bowling Alone?Group participation is a central component of community involvement and broader civic health. Volunteering and Civic Life in America, presented in partnership between NCoC and the Corporation for National ... February 26, 2013
We are CitizensLast night, the President offered a powerful reminder of the values, privileges and rights that bind us together through our role as citizens. In his State of the Union Address, the President called upon ... February 13, 2013
Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin Discusses the Importance of NCoC ResearchAt the 67th Annual National Conference on Citizenship, Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin participated in a panel discussion exploring the link between civic engagement and employment. These are ... October 22, 2012 expert commentary
The Invisible Dream: Creating a New Conversation about the American Dream and What It Takes to Achieve It Event Reflection by Alice MurphyThe Public Agenda and the GALEWiLL Center for Opportunity and Progress recently released new research documenting how the American citizenry regards the American Dream. Keep reading for highlights of the ... October 15, 2012 event reflection
The Civic Acceleratorby Sara Johnson, Village Capital Program AssociateThis fall, Village Capital in partnership with Points of Light will launch the Civic Accelerator. This twelve-week program is an opportunity for nonprofit and for-profit ventures focused on civic engagement ... August 9, 2012
Public Policy Chat: Mary Ellen ArdounyThis month, NCoC Communications Fellow Alice Murphy talks to Mary Ellen Ardouny about the connection between education, workforce investment, and environmental conservation and what this connection could ... June 26, 2012 discussion
Civic Engagement and Employment: NCoC Continues the Conversationby Kristi Tate, Director of Community Strategies, NCoC June 13, 2012 discussion
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Social Capital Solutions

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Funding and Fostering Local DemocracyWhat Philanthropy Should Know about the Emerging Field of Deliberation and Democratic GovernanceAs the philanthropic community grapples with the question of how to support innovative and effective forms of democratic governance, PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement) has released a guide ... May 19, 2009 publication
Creating Spaces for ChangeWorking Toward a “Story of Now” in Civic EngagementCreating Spaces for Change: Working Toward a ”Story of Now” in Civic Engagement , a new report from the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is an attempt to describe ... April 23, 2010 publication
Civic Engagement and Recent Immigrant Communities“Civic Engagement and Recent Immigrant Communities,” a new guide developed by the National League of Cities, presents local officials with the first steps and directions for efforts toward ... August 18, 2010 discussion
Providing Authentic Opportunities for Youth Engagement in Local Governmentby Leon AndrewsWhat makes youth civic engagement “authentic?” How can cities move beyond token levels of youth participation in local decision-making toward efforts that truly prepare and empower youth to ... September 1, 2010 discussion
Closing the College Completion GapA Guide for Faith CommunitiesA degree beyond high school has become an essential element of opportunity in America and is a proven pathway out of poverty. However, the majority of our nation's young people, especially low-income ... November 1, 2010 discussion
Changing the Status QuoIntentional Succession Planning Through Leadership DevelopmentMany think of succession planning as a one-time process that only occurs when an organization considers how it will continue to thrive after a senior leader moves on. The 2010 American Express NGen Fellows ... November 3, 2011 publication
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