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CivicPulse COVID-19 Report Series


In this report series, CivicPulse asked local officials about how they are handling the COVID-19 pandemic. Our first report looks at officials' response to the pandemic, how they are getting information, and what they wish state and federal governments knew. Our second report focuses on compliance with measures intended to fight COVID-19, and how local governments are promoting these measures.

Democratic values and perceived performance

March/April 2019

Drawing on a variety of data sources, including from a CivicPulse survey conducted in March 2019, this report by Bright Line Watch assesses how local policymakers, political donors, and the American public think about the performance of democracy in the United States. You may be surprised to find out who is the most optimistic.

Elite Attitudes to Global Governance

October 2019

The Legitimacy in Global Governance research program (LegGov) is a research program that offers systematic, comparative analysis of legitimacy in global governance. This report investigates how people around the world — including American state legislators and staffers who took part in a CivicPulse survey — think about international institutions like the United Nations and World Trade Organization.

How Would Gun Laws Change If Local Governments Took Charge?

January 2020

This CivicPulse report investigates the possibility of gun control on a local level, analyzing local policymakers responses to questions about gun ownership. 

Latest Findings on The Gender Gap in Local Government

November 2020

While the gender gap among elected officials at the federal and state levels has been well documented, far less is known about gender representation in local government.

Not 'What' but 'How': Understanding the Urban Innovation Cycle

March 2019

How do local government officials' approach urban innovation in their cities, and how are these processes different between municipalities?

The Role of Software in Local Government

August 2020

In this report, we investigate the role of new software in local government, bringing to bear original data and analysis from a national survey of ten different leadership positions in township, municipality, and county governments all over the United States, including top appointed executives, heads of IT, and heads of 8 different types of departments/functions.

What do leaders in local government think about the budget?

July 2019

This CivicPulse report provides analysis on their March 2019 survey about the budgetary concerns facing local governments. Take a look to see who thinks that the budget is a pressing issue and what solutions might help.

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