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CIVICUS Civil Society Index

Summary: The CIVICUS Civil Society Index (CSI) is an action-research project that aims to assess the state of civil society in countries around the world.

Main Points: The goal is to enhance the strength and sustainability of civil society and strengthen civil society's contribution to positive social change.

The project’s objectives are: (i) to generate and share useful and relevant knowledge on the state of civil society; (ii) to increase the capacity and commitment of civil society stakeholders to strengthen civil society

The CSI is designed to assess and score four different dimensions of civil society (see Graph 1):

·        the structure of civil society;

·        the external environment in which civil society exists and functions;

·        the values held and advocated in the civil society arena;

·        the impact of activities pursued by civil society actors.

Each dimension is composed of several “sub- dimensions” and, in turn, each sub-dimension is composed of an even larger number of individual “indicators”.

The CSI research methods include:

·        Review of existing information

·        Regional stakeholder consultations

·        Community sample research

·        Media review

·        Fact-finding studies

 The CSI database integrates 3 time phases:

·        pilot phase (2000-2002);

·        phase 1 (2003 - 2006);

·        phase 2 (2008-2010)

The CSI covers African, American, Asian, European and Oceania countries.

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Source: CIVICUS Civil Society Index
Summary of conceptual framework and research methodology.

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