RACI is working with CIVICUS (the World Alliance for Citizen Participation) in a comparative study about the perception of the third sector leaders on the situation of civil society in Argentina. Today the country is in its pilot phase although it’s already in place in other countries of the world.
The methodology of this study calls for the delivery of a same quarterly survey, directed toward a panel made up of active members of civil society from around the world, looking to identify advances or setbacks throughout time in the perception of the conditions of civic space and the situation of the civil society around the world.
The survey aims to analyze three key indicators beginning with the opinions of the leaders of the sector: the six components of enabling the environment (with two additional categories for internet freedom and voluntary work), the probability to carry out an action transforming the next year and the key events during the last three months together with the obstacles for civil society. According to the analysis of the responses, the participating countries obtain scores based on the following dimensiones: freedom of association, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression. The score given is between 0 and 10, 10 being the ideal value.
As the space for citizen participation will be pulled at an overwhelming rhythm, the civic pulse is a barometer designed to track and improve our comprehension of the key tendencies of civil society, while it encourages public policymakers to improve the conditions where social change occurs.