A partnership to strengthen civic life

February 11, 2021

By Matt Ellsworth

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation and the Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA) drive work across the state to strengthen civic education, build civic leaders, and increase our capacity to solve problems and create a bright future for our state. With these shared values and commitment, the two organizations are pleased to announce a partnership to bring organizations together statewide to strengthen civic life in Arizona.

This new partnership will be driven by use of the Civic Health Progress Meters, part of the Arizona Progress Meters developed by CFA to measure progress, frame conversations, and prompt action on the issues that matter most to Arizonans. These dynamic tools track how we are doing on realizing The Arizona We Want, a shared vision of success that expresses Arizonans’ hopes and aspirations for the future of the state.

Time and again, Arizonans have identified Civic Participation and Connected Communities as two pillars of a brighter, stronger future for our state. These priorities make up what we call Civic Health—how our communities come together to solve public problems. The Civic Health Progress Meters define, track, and measure progress on these priorities, drawing on data from the Congressionally-chartered National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) to provide a close look at the civic life of Arizonans by age, education, income, ethnicity, gender, and urbanicity. The data showcase the importance of civic health to our communities and spotlight important opportunities for increased civic participation.


Civic Participation


Connected Communities


The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership enhances civic life in our state through civic leadership, education, and engagement programs. It sees great potential for the Civic Health Progress Meters to inform collaboration with organizations across Arizona that focus on civic engagement.

Together, we have the opportunity to ensure that all Arizonans have the tools, pathways and opportunities to be engaged in civic life. Drawing upon this rich data, CFA and the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership will:

  • Bring together partners in data-driven dialogue about civic life today in Arizona.
  • Generate public discussion about the critical importance of civic participation and connected communities to our broader prosperity and quality of life.
  • Identify opportunities for action that will ensure more Arizonans are engaged in creating solutions for their communities and a stronger future for our state.


“Over its first decade, the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership has helped hundreds of individuals to extend their impact as leaders in our state,” said Tammy McLeod, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Flinn Foundation. “But we know that civic leadership happens at all levels in our communities and depends on many organizations working in concert. This partnership with CFA, built on the Civic Health Progress Meters, will help all of us reach our shared goals.”

“We know that the health of our democracy and civic life are critical to thriving communities, economic prosperity, and quality of life for all Arizonans,” said Sybil Francis, Ph.D., president & CEO, Center for the Future of Arizona. “We are proud to partner with the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership to bring a data-driven approach to advancing our shared commitment to building stronger and more vibrant civic life across Arizona.”

Only with vibrant civic life will we move forward on solving problems and building a bright future for our state. CFA and the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership look forward to engaging others in this critical effort.

Learn more about the Progress Meters:

To learn more about the partnership, contact:


Dawn Wallace
Vice President, Civic Leadership
Flinn Foundation

Kristi Tate
Director, Civic Health Initiatives
Center for the Future of Arizona