CivicPulse Special Issue Report Series:

Local Governance and COVID-19

“We need better information on how to prepare and respond.”

—  Township manager, Rhode Island

Local governments are on the frontlines of COVID-19: they are managing implementation of state and federal policies, distributing critical information to their residents, and responding to the unique concerns of their local community members. Yet, the local governance perspective tends to be overlooked in the national policy discourse. Drawing on our recurring surveys of local governments across all fifty states, this special-issue CivicPulse report series is dedicated to generating insights about challenges facing local governments during this unprecedented time. In doing so, we hope to both support local governments in their work as well as elevate their voices in the rapidly unfolding national conversation. 

How will COVID-19 affect local government budgets? CivicPulse asks local elected officials to  project how spending will change over the next year across twelve different program and functional areas. This CivicPulse Insights report was developed with Power Almanac.

By Jonathan Chu, Emily Katz and Nathan Lee

CivicPulse asks local officials about how compliance with measures combatting COVID-19 might change over time, and how their governments have been promoting these measures.

By Jonathan Chu, Emily Katz and Nathan Lee

CivicPulse asks local officials about their response to the COVID-19 epidemic, how they are learning about the crisis, and what they wish the state and federal governments knew.  

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