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Published on Oct 27, 2010
A report released Oct. 26 by Missouri State University and the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) finds that while Missouri out-performs national trends for volunteering, community engagement and voter turnout, some forms of civic involvement, such as one-on-one interactions with neighbors, may be waning.
The Missouri Civic Health Index is the first of its kind and is designed to help the state document the health of Missouri's civic sector. The report follows the September release of the report Civic Life in America: Key Findings on the Civic Health of the Nation, a report released jointly by NCoC and the Corporation for National and Community Service, which provides an annual measure of civic habits, much as the government measures economic behavior.
The complete report, "2010 Missouri Civic Health Assessment," is available online at http://ncoc.net/mochi2010. The report is based upon an independent analysis by Missouri State University's sociology program which was further supported by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) analysis of the Census Current Population Survey (CPS) data. A series of conferences will be held statewide and on the campus of Missouri State University in late winter/early spring of 2011 to discuss the findings and implications for the state.