Wow, what a week. Simply put, this past week has been a shock to our collective system. Change has come at a dizzying pace and many are scrambling to adjust. As we all come to terms with social distancing, flattening the curve, and working from home, we all must look for new ways to be… Continue reading “Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome” – That’s How We Get Through This Together
Three free ways to reach and engage more residents — FAST Local government is often the first line of defense in times of emergency and arguably never more so than in the wake of a global pandemic. In uncertain times, being a clear, calm, and trusted source of truth — and disseminating that truth to… Continue reading How Local Governments Can Leverage Social Media to Help Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis
Superintendents ready their 3-year improvement plans Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the Student Opportunity Act (SOA) into law back in November of 2019. Touted as the most significant update to Massachusetts’ education funding system in nearly three decades, the SOA earmarks resources for low-income students, students of color, and English language learners (ELLs). The landmark… Continue reading What the Funding Formula in Massachusetts’ Student Opportunity Act (SOA) Means for Massachusetts Schools
Overlooked, underrepresented, and mistaken for someone else One Tuesday (and the occasional Wednesday) a month, we curate and share three short talks on a theme. For February, shining a spotlight on Black history seemed the obvious choice, and I found dozens of worthy TED talks on the topic. This monthly exercise of choosing three videos… Continue reading Tuesdays with TED: February Edition
The latest on public perception and effective outreach You may be surprised to learn that the 2020 Census count is technically already underway. Census Bureau workers ceremoniously kicked off a door-to-door count in the remote rural village of Toksook Bay, Alaska back on January 21st. The rest of us, that is the majority of U.S.… Continue reading The Census Mails in March. Is Your Community Ready?
Getting everyone on the same page saves time, money, and headaches You kick off every planning and budget season the same way. You export your data from your accounting system, update all the formulas, add in one-time-only line items, change the dates, cross your fingers … and hope nothing breaks. Then you press SEND —… Continue reading Real-Time Collaboration is a Game Changer for Local Government
Fixing government, digitalizing trust, and setting goals One Tuesday a month, we curate and share three short talks on a theme. This month, as we kick off a new decade, we’ve gathered governing insights from around the globe. Surprisingly, there’s a lot that local officials can glean from their counterparts in Africa and Eastern Europe.… Continue reading Tuesdays with TED: January Edition
Citizen engagement best practices for local government and schools You’ve published your Transparency Center, now what? First of all, give yourself and your team a pat on the back. Good on you for getting your financials posted in an easily accessible format that everyone can understand. It’s a smart move and one that will more… Continue reading 6 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Transparency Center
Helpful links for civic leaders looking to make a difference Sure, we’re already nine days into the New Year, but there’s no statute of limitations on well wishes, so … Sláinte! The holidays are over and you’re back at the helm — hopefully recharged and ready give 2020 all you’ve got. Same here. That said,… Continue reading 5 Issues on Local Governments’ Radar in 2020
High Fives All Around! Good things come in fives: basketball players, great lakes, vowels, golden rings … Also, five is now officially the number of times ClearGov has been named to the prestigious GovTech 100 List (which also happens to coincide with the number of years we’ve been in business). We’re thrilled! The annual list… Continue reading ClearGov Made the GovTech 100 — Again!