The Kentucky Civic Health Index
On March 1, 2012, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes released the 2011 Kentucky Civic Health Index, a report that measures Kentucky's overall civic health.
The Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility at Western Kentucky University, in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and with support from the Secretary of State’s office, the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, and Kentucky Advocates for Civic Education, prepared the report based on U.S. Census Current Population Survey data.
The report examines various aspects of public participation, including voter turnout, political involvement, volunteerism, group membership, and community and family relationships, comparing performance among demographic groups and to other states. It is the first report of its kind in Kentucky.
The Kentucky Civic Health Initiative
Secretary Grimes believes the Civic Health Index provides a valuable tool to shape Kentucky's future and to stop the trend of declining civic engagement. Following the release of the Report, she kicked off the inaugural Civic Health Initiative, a statewide series of roundtable discussions at Kentucky's universities and colleges to improve Kentucky's overall civic health. The 15 public forums took place across the Commonwealth, reaching every region of the state. In addition to panels comprised of elected officials and leaders in education, business, and the community, active audiences filled with students and local residents shared their experiences and insights.
The 2013 Civic Health Assessment: Shaping Kentucky's Future Together
Following the Initiative roundtables, Secretary Grimes compiled a summary of the discussions she had with fellow Kentuckians, focusing on the key concepts of (1) civic engagement, (2) political action, and (3) social connectedness. No matter the topic, the common theme of "intentional acts" emerged in each discussion. The Civic Health Assessment outlines some of the challenges our communities and state are facing and solutions that are being implemented. Secretary Grimes hopes it will inspire you to take intentional acts of your own to be more civically engaged.