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North Carolina Civic Health Index 2010

Democracy in Action: Strengthening Civic Life in North Carolina

October 23, 2010
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

NORTH CAROLINA CIVIC HEALTH INDEX PARTNERS
Democracy North Carolina, represented by Bob Hall
North Carolina Campus Compact, represented by Dr. Lisa Keyne
North Carolina Center for Voter Education, represented by Damon Circosta
North Carolina Civic Education Consortium, represented by Kelley O'Brien
Department of Public Policy at Western Carolina University, represented by Dr. Christopher Cooper

The North Carolina Civic Health Index partners would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their contributions to this report:
The Center for Civic Education, with special thanks to Justin Rydstrom
The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), at Tufts University, with special thanks to Emily Hoban Kirby
The National Conference on Citizenship, with special thanks to Justin Bibb and Kristen Cambell
The School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

FUNDED IN PART BY:
The Center for Civic Education

Methodology
The 2010 Civic Health Index is based on The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement's (CIRCLE) analysis of Census Current Population Survey (CPS) data. Volunteering estimates are from the 2007, 2008, and 2009 CPS September Volunteering Supplements and data available from Volunteering in America website at www. volunteeringinamerica.gov. Voting and registration data are from the CPS November Voting/Registration Supplement (2004 and 2008). All other civic engagement indicators, such as access to information and connection to others, come from the 2008 and 2009 CPS Civic Engagement Supplement. For these indicators, the 2008 and 2009 data were combined whenever possible to achieve the largest possible sample size to minimize error.

For the North Carolina report, the sample size for citizen engagement was 1913 residents (18 and older); the sample size for volunteering was 2085 residents (16 and older). All voting estimates are of citizens ages 18 and older. Because the report draws from multiple data sources with varying error parameters, there is no exact estimate of margin of error for the national or North Carolina sample. However, according to the Census Bureau, published margin of error for CPS voting and registration supplement from 2008 is ±0.3% for the national estimate and ±1.7% for North Carolina. For specic population subgroups, the margin of error is greater.
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