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Community engagement research and news for local government leaders

Mark Funkhouser on Why We Need To Rethink Budgeting

Polco sits down with the former Kansas City mayor and budget thought-leader, Mark Funkhouser, to discuss why modern-day budgeting processes are flawed—and how they can be fixed.

Upcoming Webinar!  

examining public opinion on today's safety priorities

Public opinion on law enforcement has shifted.

Join Polco and leading law enforcement resource Police1 for a webinar that reveals how these shifts impact safety priorities, and how law enforcement agencies can better align services with community expectations. Hosted by Police1. 

🔈 Speakers: 
JD Younger – Chief of Police, City of Edmond
Michelle Kobayashi – Principal Research Strategist, Polco


Latest Articles and Research

Learn more about public opinion insights and trends leaders should know.

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Data make it easier for grant writers to apply for funding and secure much needed resources for local projects.

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Case Studies

How Resident Data Informs Virginia’s State Plan on Aging

How the state's aging department learned exactly what older adults in Virginia needed most. 

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Why Organizations Should Host Workplace Celebrations

In this episode, Jessie and Angelica discuss how celebrations contribute to a positive workplace culture. 

the secret ingredient to local government employee retention

A new data analysis by National Research Center at Polco reveals how employers can drive higher job satisfaction and keep workers around. Find out what government employees say matters most for retention. 

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How Local Governments
Engage Residents on Polco 🏛 

We love to see what surveys cities come up with on their own. Check out some of these recent examples of how communities use Polco to survey residents and get ideas for yourself! 

  • Scottsdale, AZ - Resident Opinion on Water Conservation Survey 💦  
  • Elk Grove, CA - Street Sweeper Names Survey 🚘 
  • Durango, CO - Budget and Strategic Plan Survey 💵 
  • Schaumburg, IL - Mental Health, Substance Use Disorders, and Developmental Disabilities Needs Assessment ❤️ 
  • Los Alamos County, NM - Conceptual Plans for Publicly-Owned Parcels 🏡  

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