UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Community Engagement Indicators
In his influential book Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam presented evidence that Americans are decreasing their participation in groups (civic, youth, recreational, etc.). From the early days of European settlement in America visitors like Alexis de Tocqueville identified community engagement as one of the defining characteristics of the country.
There are few measures of civic engagement that are collected systematically at the county level. In addition to one direct measure of community engagement (voter participation rates), we use some "proxies" for community engagement in this section of the web site. In particular, we present data on factors that may inhibit community engagement lack of English language skills and having recently moved into the jurisdiction.
With respect to these indicators: