AZ Snapshot: Arizona's Civic Health

Posted on January 11, 2017 • Category: Civic Health


A few weeks ago, the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) provided the Center with the 2016 data for the Arizona Civic Health Index. Arizona has typically ranked in the nation’s bottom quartile on most indicators since NCoC began tracking civic health. This year is no exception.


Arizona Civic Health Index: 10 Key Results




23.3% Percentage of Arizonans who volunteered in 2015, compared to 24.9% for the nation. Arizona ranks in the bottom quartile on four of seven major indicators.
Key findings and state rankings on the major indicators are now available on the NCoC website.
Strengthening Civic Life in America  
National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), 2016 National Conference Report


CFA has been NCoC’s state partner since 2010 and has released multiple reports related to Arizona’s civic health and many other issues important to Arizonans.
Research from Arizona  
National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), 2016 National Conference Report

Throughout its history, CFA has released a series of ground-breaking reports that describe the Arizona We Want and the Education We Need to achieve it:

2006   Why Some Schools with Latino Children Beat the Odds…and Others Don't
2007   Bridging the Grad Gap: Measuring the Economic Benefits of Education Attainment
Everybody’s Problem: A Closer Look at Arizona’s High School Graduation Rate
2009   The Arizona We Want: Results of the Gallup Arizona Poll
Developing Pathways to Postsecondary Success
2010   Arizona Civic Health Index
2011   Arizona Civic Health Index
2013   The Arizona We Want 2.0, includes Civic Health Index data
2015   Vision 2025: Arizona Comes of Age, includes Civic Health Index data

DOWNABLE REPORTS: All CFA reports are fact-based and reviewed by large panels of Arizona experts.

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Lattie F. Coor

My Perspective

When CFA set out to build a citizens' agenda for Arizona, we didn't know it would end up placing Arizona at the center of a national struggle to address the challenges confronting democracy today–the growing lack of confidence that citizens have in government and their growing lack of participation in the civic life of our communities and nation.

In many ways, Arizona is a microcosm of these challenges. This fact was made clear in the results of the Gallup Arizona Poll (2009), which identified the deep concerns that Arizonans have about the need for both effective leaders and engaged citizens. CFA is now in the process of building Arizona Progress Meters for each of the 8 citizen goals defined by the people who live here. The culmination of these goals is The Arizona We Want.

The Arizona We Want is a long-term vision and it can be achieved if we work together.

Learn More about how CFA is activating the citizens' agenda for Arizona.

Citizen goals sit at the heart of all we do.

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