Is the goal of our civic engagement work a higher rate of participation?  

It seems not.  The goal is to create a representative government that is more representative of the interests of the people.  We want to decrease the influence of power and money in politics.  

Is increasing the number of people who are voting, contacting their representatives, commenting at civic meetings and participating in the decision-making process the best way to get to a more representative government?  Are there are other ways, and if so, how do we analyze the effectiveness of those ways?