What are the priorities for the new round of relief funding that local governments may receive in 2021? CivicPulse, in collaboration with Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West, surveyed 494 local government officials to ask about the status of existing COVID-19 relief funding and where future funds might be spent. With new funds on the horizon, local governments are still spending existing funds and see priorities shifting and broadening.
American democracy at the start of the Biden presidency
Bright Line Watch | February 2021
Bright Line Watch partnered with CivicPulse to survey 212 local government policymakers from across the country on election confidence to see whether local officials — who played a key role in the 2020 election — were more confident in the integrity of the electoral system than the general public.
Patterns of Local Protest against COVID-19 Restrictions across America
CivicPulse | October 2020
CivicPulse, in collaboration with Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, surveyed over 350 heads of local law enforcement agencies to find out where anti-lockdown protests were most common last spring. These findings could help predict where we might see them again this winter.
The Role of Software in Local Government
Brytan Mendes, Jonathan Chu, and Nathan Lee | 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.
Local Government Spending Priorities in the Wake of COVID-19
CivicPulse Insights | June 2020
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.
Should We Open Up? Our National Survey of Local Government Officials Shows We May Not Have A Choice
Jonathan Chu, Emily Katz and Nathan Lee | May 2020
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.
The Local Government Perspective on COVID-19
Jonathan Chu, Emily Katz and Nathan Lee | March 2020
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.
How Would Gun Laws Change If Local Governments Took Charge?
Emily Katz and Nathan Lee | January 2020
This CivicPulse report investigates the possibility of gun control on a local level, analyzing local policymakers responses to questions about gun ownership.
Elite Attitudes to Global Governance
Legitimacy in Global Governance Research Program (LegGov) | 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.
What do leaders in local government think about the budget?
Jonathan Chu and Emily Katz | 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.
Democratic values and perceived performance
Bright Line Watch | 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.
Not 'What' but 'How': Understanding the Urban Innovation Cycle
NewCities and UrbanLeap | March 2019
How do local government officials' approach urban innovation in their cities, and how are these processes different between municipalities?