Funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), VCU’s Center on Society and Health and the Engaging Richmond team will collect community-level data through multiple “community conversations” in the city of Richmond, VA in order to better understand civic engagement and volunteering at the local level. The “Community Conversations” will help to:
- Identify examples of how volunteering and civic engagement, “at the community level,” are manifested
- Identify factors that promote or inhibit the realization of these activities
- Identify practices that can potentially strengthen the capacity of local communities to foster civic engagement and volunteering
- Enhance the capacity of communities to measure these activities and their outcomes
- Assess the relative feasibility of various data collection strategies for community level Civic Engagement
This project is part of a larger feasibility study focusing on the methodology CNCS may employ in future efforts to assess civic engagement within American communities.