CIVICUS Civil Society Index

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CIVICUS teams up with Heidelberg University to deliver global comparative analysis of civil society

Posted by civilsocietyindex on February 26, 2010

Since the beginning of current phase of the Civil Society Index (CSI) project, CIVICUS and the Centre for Social Investments of Heidelberg University (Germany) have been aiming towards delivering high quality comparative analysis of the state of global civil society. Since signing a memorandum of understanding and the finalisation of the formal details of the partnership in January 2010, the two institutions have been stepping up their joint work as they set about delivering world class analysis from the results of the 2008-2010 phase of implementation.

Last week, the partnership took a new turn, with Jacob Mati and Tracy Anderson from the CIVICUS CSI joining Professor Helmut K. Anheier, Dr. Michael Hoelscher and Dr. Hagai Katz for a three-day meeting at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. During the meeting, the two institutions set out plans and timelines for delivering the outputs of the CSI research, and plotted a way forward to make sure that the findings of the CSI reach a global audience.

Also in attendance at the meeting was Anael Labigne, winner of the 2009 Civil Society Index Essay Contest. The Essay Contest celebrated the launch of the CSI Indicator Database in September 2009, which pulls together the findings of the 2003-2006 phase of implementation. The Indicator Database is free to use, easily searchable by indicator, and serves as one example of how the Civil Society Index findings have been made available in previous phases.

During the meeting in Berlin, CIVICUS and Heidelberg University recognized the need to find creative ways of addressing new and emerging audiences of the CSI, while continuing to guarantee rich comparative analysis of the state of civil society.

To help achieve this, participants considered numerous inputs from CSI partners, stakeholders and audiences on the possible thematic and regional focus areas of the comparative analysis. In total, 12 in-depth submissions were gratefully received by CIVICUS from external partners in response to the CSI call for suggestions and expressions of interest.

In the weeks and months ahead, CIVICUS and Heidelberg University will continue with renewed energy in their discussions on the research publications and in delivery of outputs planned for the end of 2010 and early 2011.

 Do you have thoughts on how the CSI findings can be brought together and analysed across regions and themes? What outputs or publications would you like to see?

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