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RESEARCH
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CivicPulse is a non-profit nonpartisan organization generating data and insights about a wide range of issues faced by local and state governments in the United States. Our nationally representative survey panels include elected officials, department heads, and civil service staff representing town, city, county, and state governments across America. CivicPulse also produces benchmarking reports and analyses on critical challenges, working diligently to deliver these insights back to local and state government stakeholders. In addition, our data has been used in over 20 peer-reviewed publications and has been covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and National Public Radio, elevating the voices of local and state officials in national civil discourse. 

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Research Brief

Local Environmental Realities: What Do Policymakers Prioritize?

March 29, 2024
In navigating environmental challenges, waste management is at the forefront for local government leaders.
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Research Brief

The Importance of Local Businesses to Local Government

March 14, 2024
In national news, large corporations appear to hold significant sway. But in local politics, small businesses are paramount.
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Research Brief

Understanding the priorities of local policymakers in California

February 21, 2024
Public safety and economic development top the list for local governments, but additional variation can be seen at the regional level.
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Research Brief

Workplace Relationships Among Local Elected Officials: What Would You Do?

January 31, 2024
Do officials feel obligated to report a colleague’s secret relationship? The answer from a national survey of local officials may surprise you...
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Research Brief

Consequences of Hostility on Local Governance

January 31, 2024
Addressing pervasive hostility to local officials and the impact on democratic governance.
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