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Community engagement research and news for local government leaders

The 2023 Voice of the People Awards Winners Revealed

See which local governments nationwide are taking home 2023 Voice of the People Awards. Now in its 15th year, The VOP awards are the only honors recognizing local governments that best include public opinion in community decision-making. Congratulations to all the winners! The VOP Awards are presented by Polco and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).


Outdated budget processes are slow and often misalign with community goals. Are local government finance leaders prepared to modernize how they budget? Find out in this webinar. Register!

Latest Articles and Research

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

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Case Studies

Norfolk’s Budget Engagement Increases Resident Understanding of Funding

How the City of Norfolk is updating its budgeting process to achieve its strategic goals.

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Case Studies

Riders Use Online Simulation Tool To Shape LA Metro Budget

See how residents allocated transit funds in an $8.7 billion budget challenge.

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Six Action Strategies for Putting Community Data To Work

Your survey is complete. Now what? There are several ways to effectively use survey results and other community data to make informed decisions with confidence.

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Cities are changing everywhere, but are Americans’ needs and values changing too? Hosted by ICMA, Polco data scientists will reveal the top 10 things residents need most in their communities. The data represent millions of residents nationwide. See how you can best align planning initiatives and priorities. 10/24, 1pm ET. Register with ICMA!

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 engage residents and get ideas for yourself! 

  • Kearney, MO – 2024 Employee Health Insurance Preference👩‍⚕️
  • Park City, UT – Transit Blue/Green Route Changes 🚌
  • Juno Beach, FL – Your Experience as a Resident of Juno Beach 🏖️
  • La Vista, NE – Fall 2023 Parks & Recreation Survey
  • Blaine County, NE  – How Would You Split Funding Between Blaine's Public Libraries, Public Schools, and Recreational Facilities? 💰

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