Resident Engagement During COVID-19
In this unprecedented moment, the Davenport Institute will be dedicating our News Page to providing a one-stop place for resources related to engaging with your residents in an era of social distancing. We will be sharing thought pieces, podcasts, and webinars from our staff and strategic partners, highlighting free tech resources and toolkits, and featuring creative ideas for building community.
If you know of resources we haven't shared yet, please send them to us! We will be reviewing and updating this page regularly.
Thought Pieces on Public Engagement
A number of online engagement platforms have created special resources for local governments to use during COVID-19, many of which are available for free. We will be sharing tools that we come across and trying to help you navigate what they are designed to do. The Davenport Institute does not endorse any particular tool, and encourages local governments to think holistically about how online tools intersect with your overall engagement strategy.
Code for America Interns: Code for America's founder is aligning 1000+ interns to help governments with their most urgent digital, data & operational needs as they respond to the crisis. Services range from making it easier to collect data, maintain functional websites, and building digital products. Could your government use some extra help?
CivicTech Coronavirus Field Guide: This field guide includes continuous updates on COVID-19, virtual events, funding opportunities, and collaborative civic tech projects as a way to build community as we respond and recover to the current health crisis.
(ELGL) Local Government COVID-19 Resources: For the last several weeks ELGL has been crowdsourcing their membership for resources related to COVID-19 response. It's a lot to sort through, but for those looking for a deep dive its a robust place to start.
International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Resources: IAP2 Canada has collected a significant list of resources specific to engagement. We will seek to highlight some of them on this page, but wanted to link to the full list for those interested in a deep dive.
Institute for Local Government COVID-19 Resources: The Institute for Local Governments' page contains a frequently-updated list of broad resources for local governments addressing COVID-19, some of these are public engagement related (we will try to share the most relevant ones here as well)