Local nonprofit organization Franklin Tomorrow announced March 8 it will launch the Civic Index Initiative, a survey following up on Franklin's recent designation as an All-America City.

According to Franklin Tomorrow, the Civic Index will measure several areas of community engagement, also known as "civic capital."

“Civic capital is defined as the formal and informal relationships, networks and capacities communities use to make decisions and solve problems,” Franklin Tomorrow Executive Director Mindy Tate said in a release. “It has seven components and with the Civic Index, Franklin Tomorrow will use a measurement tool to determine whether the seven components exist in Franklin and to what degree—not at all, remains a challenge, is a moderate strength, or whether it is a real strength in our community.”

The survey, expected to be released this spring, includes measurements for how engaged residents are, whether there is inclusive community leadership, availability of collaborative institutions, diversity and equity, communication authenticity, a culture of engagement, and shared visions and values.

Franklin Tomorrow will ask local organizations to host Civic Index conversations to discuss the survey during the month of April. Those interested in hosting conversations can email [email protected] for more information.