Civic Data Challenge

March 7, 2012
The Civic Data Challenge turns the raw data of “civic health" into beautiful, useful visualizations, enabling our communities to be better understood and made to thrive.

The Challenge launched April 3 and the official website is Civic Data Challenge We will be utilizing Google Groups for the Challenge-- if you are interested in joining the Challenge and its community, join the group now.

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Challenge Overview

The Civic Data Challenge turns the raw data of “civic health" into beautiful, useful applications and visualizations, enabling communities to be better understood and made to thrive.

Civic health data has been collected for years, and we now have an opportunity to make this trove of community insight more valuable and accessible to decision makers and the public. The Civic Data Challenge will bring new eyes, new minds, new findings, and new skill sets to the field of civic health.

Designers, data scientists, researchers, and app developers are especially encouraged to join the challenge.

Challenge participants will be provided civic health data, as well as data on public health, public safety, education, and economic vitality. Participants will analyze the data, identify connections and correlations, and create visual representations to showcase their findings. These representations may include infographics, apps, animations, videos, or other innovations.

Judges will evaluate entries based on the quality of the analysis and design, the compelling nature of the finding, and the utility of the product. Winners will be chosen in the categories of health, public safety, education, economy, and “Best in Show.” Challenge Judges will also choose a “Wild Card” winner.

The Challenge will open to the public on April 3 and entries must be received by July 29. Winners will be announced at the 67th Annual National Conference on Citizenship on September 14 in Philadelphia.

The Challenge is presented by NCoC (the National Conference on Citizenship) in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. NCoC and Knight Foundation hope the Challenge will uncover new findings on why community engagement and attachment are critical to building thriving communities.

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By Yasmine at 5:24 PM on Mar 9th, 2013
To Whom It May Concern:

I'm trying to find a document that ranks the civic health of all U.S. states in 2012 and I'm not having any luck on this website or via Google. Do you know of an organization who has this information?

With thanks,

By Kristen Cambell at 6:46 PM on Mar 9th, 2013
Hi Yasmine,
Thanks for your inquiry. We publish that information by individual civic indicator in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service. It's available at

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