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Working Paper Number RSM2018-01
Jenna Fulton, Jasmine Luck, Jonathan M. Katz, Mary C. Davis


This report presents findings from cognitive testing of the 2017 Civic Engagement and Volunteerism Supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS). An expert review team was assembled by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in 2010 and tasked with the design and development of a civic health assessment. In 2014, the team released a report titled Civic Engagement and Social Cohesion: Measuring Dimensions of Social Capital to Inform Policy that recommended merging two existing CPS supplements, the Civic Engagement Supplement and the Volunteer Supplement, into one combined Civic Engagement and Volunteerism Supplement in order to reduce costs and better assess factors related to civic health. The newly-combined Civic Engagement and Volunteerism Supplement will be conducted in November 2017. This report documents cognitive testing of the newly-combined supplement, which includes some items that existed in the two separate modules, along with some new and revised items.

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