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A resident-involved city stimulates a culture of civic literacy and involvement to get and keep the community meaningfully engaged. Results (and the plans for achieving them) are co-produced with city residents, such that the policies, practices and service delivery are shaped both for and by the people who use and need them. Involvement includes harder-to-engage and underrepresented populations—such as youth, low-income residents, people of color and recent immigrants—who have a shared interest in solving their city’s most complex problems. Through deliberate strategy, consistent outreach, effective engagement and multiple means of taking input, resident-involved cities produce a better quality of life for their most vulnerable populations by giving them a voice in the government decision-making process.

Planting the Seed of Change


Practical strategies to help cities become equipt for innovation

Capturing City Stories


A snapshot of the benchmark survey results from the inaugural Equipt to Innovate survey.

New Study Identifies the Best Cities for Good Government


The first of a now annual report details what cities are doing well and where they could improve.

Terica Black Bashir


Project Manager for the Mayor’s Office of Innovation Delivery & Performance, City of Atlanta

Resident-Involved: The Parliamentarian from Estonia


Governing with a human-centered consciousness provides extra reach to populations that have been historically under-represented or marginalized.

Kathy Nyland


Director of Department of Neighborhoods, City of Seattle

Prioritizing Mom and Pop


Cities that support local businesses can boost community engagement and the economy.

Realizing the Innovation Dividend


Why Being Equipt Matters for America’s Cities.

Innovation Does Not Take Place in Just One Place


Working with Living Cities, Governing has identified a set of seven elements that constitute a framework for fostering the innovation cities need.

The Innovation Equation


Working with Living Cities, Governing has identified a set of seven elements that constitute a framework for fostering the innovation cities need.

RESOURCES FOR BEING EQUIPT

Benchmark: Being Resident Involved

Becoming Resident Involved

Learning from the 2017 leaders

Phoenix Best Practices

What cities can learn from top survey performer Phoenix, Ariz.

 

GOV INNOVATOR'S GROUP

The Government Innovator’s Group is a program of the Governing Institute designed to incubate collaboration and strengthen connections for local government innovation leaders.

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