CIVICUS is taking a new approach to tracking the quality of civic space in real time. They intend to do this by combining analysis of externally available data sources with their own, internally generated, real-time information from civil society on the ground. For this purpose, CIVICUS has shared this consultative document with various stakeholders and experts on civic space, asking for frank assessments of this approach. Any comments, critiques, questions and suggestions can be sent by emailing email@example.com by 19th June, 2015. CIVICUS has piloted this approach in a study of civic space in southern Africa, demonstrating the kind of information and analysis on civic space that CIVICUS ultimately hopes to provide through a regularly updated web portal for all countries in the world.