People walking on bridge
People walking on bridge

Civic Engagement

Broad participation by residents in government and public life strengthens democracy and governance at the local level, resulting in a more informed and inclusive community built on trust that can more effectively meet the needs of all stakeholders. In addition to the traditional citizen participation in government, information collected through open data programs offers another avenue to improve governmental transparency, performance, and spur economic growth.

Civic Engagement subtopics:

Recent

  • Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Following today's announcement from the U.S. Census Bureau that the end of 2020 Census count will be advanced by one month, Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and Executive Director of the National League of Cities, made the following…

Census
Census
  • Research Report

In 2020, for the first time, millions of U.S. residents can respond online to the census, hundreds of thousands of federal workers will use handheld devices to conduct the decennial count, and news about the census will travel through social…

  • Webinar

In 2020, for the first time, millions of U.S. residents can respond online to the census. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will use handheld devices to conduct the decennial count, and news about the census will travel through social…

Data Management
Data Management
  • Webinar

Many of your constituents may be concerned about what information to trust about the Census—what is true, what is false, and what is intended to deceive. This session will focus on the basics of misinformation and disinformation and how to…

Data Management
Data Management
  • Guides

Residents often turn to city officials during census cycles. Below are some quick talking points to respond to your residents' most common questions and concerns:

“Participating in the 2020 Census is a civic…

Town Hall Meeting
Town Hall Meeting
  • CitiesSpeak

New research shows cities that prioritize the maintenance of public spaces and community assets are more likely to inspire civic trust, stewardship and participation in public life. Here are three key findings — and…

photo - Foundations of Civic Health: Neighborhood Order (and Disorder)
photo - Foundations of Civic Health: Neighborhood Order (and Disorder)
  • CitiesSpeak

In this guest post celebrating Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service, Commissioner Gil Ziffer explains how the proposed federal budget cuts to service programs like AmeriCorps will have a significant impact on cities.

This…

photo - City Leaders Know How to Get Things Done. So Does National Service.
photo - City Leaders Know How to Get Things Done. So Does National Service.
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON – The National League of Cities (NLC) today recognized six cities for implementing programs that enhance and promote cultural diversity in their communities. Presented at the 2017 Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C., the…

Award Recipients
Award Recipients
  • Case Studies & Practices

What are the goals of the program?

Orlando's Parramore neighborhood is mostly populated by people of color, especially African Americans. Upward of 70 percent of Parramore's children live in poverty and 47 percent of neighborhood…

  • Case Studies & Practices
What are the target goals and outcomes?

Data compiled by the Tucson Police Department (TPD) indicated a pattern of decision making by patrol offices that resulted in more arrests of youth of color rather than referrals to specialized diversion…