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ARKANSAS CIVIC HEALTH REPORT RECENTLY RELEASED
*Excerpt from Hendrix College recent press release
New Arkansas Policy Program Report Examines Civic Health Among Arkansans
Campbell’s research highlights potential for increased community involvement
Hendrix College student Cordell Campbell ’19 recently published The Results are In: Gauging Civic Health in the Natural State through the Arkansas Policy Program (APP). He carried out the project under the direction of Dr. Jay Barth as part of the Bill and Connie Bowen Odyssey Professorship of Politics at Hendrix; in collaboration with the Arkansas Community Foundation; and with support from the Arkansas Bar Foundation.
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources, Campbell’s report examines several indicators of civic health, including types of social connectivity, community involvement, and political involvement.
“Cordell grappled with a great deal of data to tell a subtle story of Arkansans’ engagement in civic affairs,” said Barth. “While Arkansans are deeply engaged with their families and, on occasion, with their neighbors, the further that they move away from those relations, the more they detach from public affairs.”
The report notes significant changes in recent years — mostly declines in participation — and offers a path for improvement, holding up examples and naming resources communities might use to enhance four needs Campbell identifies: volunteer opportunities and coordination; voter registration and get-out-the-vote initiatives; philanthropic and nonprofit efforts; and civic education.
For a free PDF file of this report, email firstname.lastname@example.org.