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Community engagement research and news for local government leaders

Reach Underheard Groups With This Proven Strategy

The City of Healdsburg, California, put immense effort into reaching underheard populations using Balancing Act from Polco's budgeting tools. Though the experience, Healdsburg officials created a blueprint to engage diverse groups. Get ideas from this strategy that may also work in your own city.


Communities nationwide are facing an affordable housing crisis as the US population is growing increasingly older. This presents new challenges when it comes to aging in place. 

But with the right information, resources, and approach, you can drive the best solutions for your community. So join us! And let's discuss how Housing Impacts Aging in Place and what you can do about it. Happening August 23! 


Latest Articles and Research

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

TCR Poster Ep 15 - The Hard Truth About Employee Retention in Local Government


The Hard Truth About Employee Retention in Local Government

In this new episode of The Civil Review Podcast, special guest Ron Holifield, CEO of Strategic Government Resources recruiting company, shares his insights on staffing issues and how organizations can improve. 



Nominate an Outstanding Woman for the Leadership Trailblazer Award

Know a woman working in local government who deserves recognition for her efforts and leadership skills? Nominate her for the honor presented by League of Women in Government and Polco by August 18. 

difference between probability and nonprobability sampling


What’s the Difference Between Probability and Nonprobability Sampling?

A quick guide to understanding two key types of surveys and how they affect your data. 


Case Studies

Papillion Proves Community Policing Works

The Papillion Police Department came out of the 2020 turmoil relatively unscathed. Residents stayed supportive of PPD, trust didn’t waver, and their department remained mostly staffed. How did they do it?


Starting in 2024, K-12 education will face significant revenue reductions. Prepare your district for tough decisions by engaging with residents and prioritizing the educational services that matter most to your community.

Discover valuable insights from education leaders in our upcoming webinar on how community engagement can help you navigate fiscal challenges. 


How Small Cities Are Bridging the Data Equity Gap


Gather resident sentiment and valuable public data about your city without the burden of high costs and time commitments on your end.

Join dozens of other organizations in Polco's Small Cities Program to get the same access to high-quality data as larger governments. 

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