Participation in citizen engagement

Domain: 
Democratic and engaged communities
Sub-Domain: 
Citizen engagement
Measure: 
Percentage of survey respondents who participated in civic or political groups and/or associated actions in the last 12 months
Rationale: 
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“Citizen engagement is a broad field, which includes a range of activities including public consultation. Citizen or community engagement is about involving the community in the decision making process and is critical in the successful development of acceptable policies and decisions in government, the private sector and the community. In democratic societies, people participate in decision-making and local government processes are transparent and accountable. People then have confidence that government will make good decisions and run for elected positions. Because they are engaged, they feel empowered, that they have personal political efficacy and are in control of their destinies” (The Pew Research Centre for the People and the Press 1998)” (CIV, 2006)

Data Source: 
Resilience Profiles Survey 2011
References: 
Community Indicators Victoria (CIV) (2007) Metadata, Retrieved from http://www.communityindicators.net.au/indicator_metadata
Survey Questions: 
32. In the last 12 months have you been actively involved in any of these groups or taken part in an activity they organised? (tick all that apply); Trade union, professional/technical association; Political party; Civic group or organisation (e.g. Neighbourhood Watch); Environmental or animal welfare group; Human and civil rights group (e.g. Amnesty International etc); Body corporate or tenants association; Consumer organisation; Other civic or political groups (please specify); No active involvement in civic or political groups
Survey Questions: 
33. In the last 12 months have you participated in any of the following political or civic actions? (tick all that apply); Participated in a community consultation or attended a public or council meeting; Written to the government/council or contacted a government member/local councilor; Contacted a member of parliament; Signed a petition; Attended a protest march, meeting or rally; Written a letter to the editor of a newspaper; Participated in a political campaign; Deliberately bought or boycotted products for environmental, ethical or political reasons; Other (please specify); Engaged in none of these in the last 12 months


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