CivicPlus Blog

Model Cities Project: When citizens opt-in, who really wins?

Posted by Lesli Keister

Apr 18, 2014 11:58:00 AM

Welcome to Loudoun County, Virginia - our third stop on the Model Cities Project train. Just to recap, we are digging into the details of what attracts citizens to their government website and gets them to actively opt-in to digital communications. So let's see what Loudoun County and their engagement team, Team Goldfinger, came up with.

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Topics: communication, civic engagement, digital communication, website traffic

CivcHR, Human Resource Software Built For Government

Posted by Kristine Rice

Apr 9, 2014 11:19:00 AM

CivicPlus, a world leader in engaging citizens and community employees through innovative websites, introduces CivicHR for local government human resource professionals.

CivicHR is the only human resource information system specifically focused on helping government recruit, hire and engage employees with personalized customer service and easy implementation. CivicHR simplifies HR processes associated with hiring and engagement that will help communities perform at their best. 

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Topics: CivicHR

National Volunteer Week - How do you increase community engagement?

Posted by Kristine Rice

Apr 8, 2014 2:25:18 PM

"Through countless acts of kindness, generosity and service, Americans recognize that we are all bound together -- that we move this country forward by giving of ourselves to others and caring for those around us. Every day, Americans carry forward the tradition of service embedded in our character as a people. And as we celebrate National Volunteer Week, we embrace our shared responsibility to one another and recommit to the task of building a more perfect Union."

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Topics: civic engagement, I Do It Locally

Model Cities Project: Can a birthday party game increase citizen participation?

Posted by Lesli Keister

Mar 20, 2014 10:01:00 PM

Of course it can - but we'll get to that in a minute. Welcome to Pueblo, Colorado - our second community spotlight in the Model Cities Series. Remember, we are trying to get to the bottom of what attracts citizens to their government website and gets them to actively opt-in to digital communications. So let's see what Pueblo and the Innovation Invasion team came up with. 

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Topics: civic engagement, website traffic, government website, government website design

We're not afraid. We were born to do this.

Posted by Lindsay Chalfant

Mar 14, 2014 11:30:48 AM

So back in January, we decided our "All Year's Resolution" was to communicate. But why? We communicate on a daily basis, don't we?

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Topics: communication

Model Cities Project: Can citizen-friendly design double digital engagement?

Posted by Lesli Keister

Mar 9, 2014 10:54:00 PM

It can if you are Manhattan, Kansas ... our first community spotlight in the Model Cities series. Remember, we are trying to get to the bottom of what gets a citizen to opt-in to your notifications. So welcome to Manhattan, KS and the Powercats team.

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Topics: website content, civic engagement, website traffic, best practices

Consider the Fire Truck

Posted by Brad Johnson

Mar 4, 2014 9:37:00 AM

When an organization purchases a fire truck, there are plans that come with it: the immediate usefulness it provides mixed with the conceit that its new technology and its promise must be taught and regularly practiced to be useful and maximized. Public safety organizations inherently know this. They're on top of training opportunities and making sure that their staffs know how to use the equipment that has been purchased and are ever trying to increase its value over time.

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Topics: Government Content Management System, local government websites, website content, best practices, government website

The CivicPlus Model Cities Project

Posted by Lesli Keister

Feb 19, 2014 3:48:00 PM

What's the big deal with 8.3 seconds? That is the average time it takes for a citizen to complete a form, asking to receive updates and alerts from their local government. Are your citizens giving you 8.3 seconds of their time?

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Topics: communication, civic engagement, digital communication, best practices, government website, CivicPlus

10 Ways Local Government Can Use Social Media

Posted by Michael Wolfe

Jan 29, 2014 10:23:00 PM

For municipalities, having an active social media presence with relevant content posted regularly can help boost your fans and followers. But sometimes finding content and keeping social media channels active can be a challenge. If you manage a local government Facebook, Twitter or other social media account and are looking for some content ideas, this article is for you.

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Topics: social media, communication, civic engagement, digital communication, website traffic

Priest River, Idaho - A Case Study in Community Engagement

Posted by Dan Schultz

Jan 13, 2014 8:56:00 PM

Tsuneaburo Makiguchi, the Japanese philosopher, has defined "value" being of three components; beauty, benefit and good. The Priest River, Idaho project - a creative community engagement collaboration led by The Institute and CivicPlus - is a great case study of an initiative that is equally comprised of beauty, benefit and good.

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Topics: digital community engagement, civic engagement, digital communication, citizen sourcing