American Rescue Plan Act Success - Tools to help Local Government Leaders
ARPA is here to fund local government community recovery efforts. Now begins a critical time to measure, rebuild, and demonstrate progress.
Federal guidelines state, “Treasury urges State, territorial, Tribal, and local governments to engage their constituents and communities in developing plans to use these payments, given the scale of funding and its potential to catalyze broader economic recovery and rebuilding.”
Successful recoveries require that local leaders understand the impacts and needs of residents and businesses. So Polco’s new ARPA Engagement Package helps you hear from your community and uncover the insights you need to best leverage federal funds.
Survey your residents and businesses every 6 months to see trends, compare against national benchmarks, and identify areas of need in your community.
Designed by experts, this standardized, benchmarking survey of residents and business owners is ready for you to publish right away. Get public input in real-time and compare your results with other local governments. You’ll contribute to the National ARPA Recovery Index and access the research. You’ll also get free template surveys, as we develop them, to dig deeper into key topics that the national index reveals.
Everyone is invited to give you feedback! Once you publish on Polco, you’ll immediately get a link to the survey. Post this link on social media, emails, newsletters, and the official website. Share it with community organizations and local media. Polco will also provide expert guidance and templates to help you get the word out to all your stakeholders.
Especially with ARPA-related issues, it’s important to know that responses come from real residents. When respondents take the survey, they also register to follow you on Polco. They receive email notifications whenever you publish a new survey or publicize results. It also allows us to verify them based on voter records while always maintaining individual privacy and cybersecurity. In no time, you’ll have a panel of engaged residents ready to provide input now and next time!
You’ll get expert help with best-in-class multi-modal outreach methods so results accurately reflect your whole community. This includes mailed invitations to a random sample of residents and businesses. This along with your outreach ensures every resident can have a voice.
The ARPA Engagement Survey comes with a data dashboard that includes key findings, benchmark comparisons, and trends over time. You’ll also get full survey results with demographic weighting and crosstabulations. To fulfill ARPA documentation requirements, you’ll receive results in PDF form.
When you enroll, you join a network of other local government leaders embarking on the same journey as you. You’ll get exclusive access to the interactive Polco Connect forum where you can share resources, discuss solutions, and learn from our shared research.
The ARPA Engagement Package is more than a one-off tool. This comprehensive program will carry local governments through the entire four years of the American Rescue Plan Act. And it doesn’t stop there. We’ve designed the package to continue contributing toward long-term community success!