Civic Engagement Definitions
Civic engagement is a process by which an individual or a group of people address matters of
public interest (Adler & Goggin, 2005). It encompasses individuals, groups, or communities
working together through political or non-political actions to protect public values, or bringing
about an intended change in the community. Even though civic engagement can take many
forms, the main objective is often to address pertinent public issues and to promote the quality of
life in a community.
Ehrlich (2000), gives a more comprehensive definition of civic engagement as the individual and
collective actions designed to identify and address matters of public interest. It refers to how
citizens participate in the life of the community to improve existing conditions, or with the
motive of helping to shape the future of the community for others. However, Ehrlich remarks
that this definition has been largely used in the context of younger people.