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Five Ways To Become a Data-driven Local Government

Data-driven decision-making has become the expectation for local governments. But not every organization has a dedicated data program or the resources to launch one. How do local governments get started with turning data into decisions? Learn how you can become a data-driven organization with five simple tips from Polco's expert survey scientist.

New Course Teaches You How to Master Decision-making With Data


Local government decision-making is challenging without the right data to back up your actions. There are many competing priorities among various municipal departments, elected officials, and residents. When used correctly, data can help you unify stakeholders around the most important issues and much more. Polco and ICMA host a new certification program that empowers local government practitioners to make smarter decisions with data. There are limited spots available so register soon! 

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Small Cities Can Use Grant Funds to Purchase Polco for Data Collection

Polco can help small governments get the data they need. Grants can help small governments get Polco. 

TCR Poster Ep 2 - Will AI take our jobs


Will AI Take Our Jobs?

Everyone is talking about AI these days. But how are bots impacting local governments? Listen to find out.

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How To Know if You Can Trust Your Survey

Polco is happy to announce its acceptance as an American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Transparency Initiative member. Transparency is key when it comes to survey methodology you can trust.

🤓 The Civil Review Quiz 🤓 

How well do you think you know American communities? Take The Civil Review quiz to find out. Each month we take a question from one of our surveys. See if you can guess the right data point in a multiple choice poll and learn the answer in the next Civil Review.

This month's question: What percentage of Americans say their community has well-planned residential growth, according to The National Community Survey (The NCS)?

Take the Quiz


Here's how you answered last month's question:

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And the correct answer is 🥁🥁🥁 — 67%!

Congrats to everyone who got it right! Think you can do it again?  

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