The Civic Engagement Alliance’s mission is to generate grassroots community engagement for the common good in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Through collaboration and partnership, we organize nonpartisan, mission-driven campaigns to improve civic life. The Civic Engagement Alliance is currently a nonprofit association that is currently evaluating the best structure and collaborators to carry out its mission.
In order for the Survey Project to organize successful projects, it first needs to listen to the voices of those who live in the community. As Coeur d’Alene and Kootenai County continue to experience rapid growth, the need to engage more citizens in opportunities to participate in the community and in the electoral process increases. Civic engagement has been described as the foundation of a democratic society: it enables people to work together through collective action to address issues of public concern and promote the quality of life in their community.
How is the current health of civic engagement in Coeur d’Alene? Through collaboration with community members, the Civic Engagement Alliance designed a survey that planned to deliver through
Face to face interaction at events or doorknocking
Outreach to organizations and community groups
Targeted online outreach
Volunteers interested in surveying people in their networks
Our goal is to take a pulse on our community by collecting 1500+ surveys from a diverse range of demographics. We will gain valuable insight into
Changes people want to see happen in the Coeur d’Alene area
Patterns of engagement in local organizations and groups, and why people may not be involved
Where people receive local news and information and if they find it adequate and factual
Patterns in voter registration, vote by mail and participation in elections
Reasons why people in our local area may not vote
We appreciate the feedback, support, and volunteerism that we hope to gain from the Civic Engagement Survey Project. We believe in listening to people of all walks of life as we plan for positive community projects. We also hope our survey results will provide insight and inspire action for other individuals and organizations in our local area.