The Civic Orientations Assessment Tool (COAT) is research-based customized measure of an individual’s orientation to public life. Derived from data captured in ACPL’s National Survey of American Civic Health, the tool has several functions and benefits.
These benefits include:
Provides individuals with a means for understanding their own orientations, skills, competencies, and dispositions as it relates to engaging in public life. Participants can use the tool to identify their own civic strengths and areas for growth.
Helps individuals make sense of their own civic orientations and pathways as compared to others. It gives people a new understanding of why people act so differently in the realm of civic engagement and public life.
Provides church leaders, educators, and employers with a tool to inform their own leadership teams as well as congregants, students, and employees as they seek to develop institutions in building a healthy democracy (faith sector, public sector, private sector).
Informs the creation of K-12/postsecondary curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular programs by integrating civic dimensions in preparation for career, work, and democratic participation.