Community Surveys Local Governments Trust
Surveys created by experts so you know your community insights are accurate and reliable.
Accurate and reliable survey methods
There are plenty of surveys available online, but most of them do not hold up to the scientific rigor necessary for local government decision-making. Polco's benchmark comparison surveys are analyzed by data scientists and compare local results with hundreds of other jurisdictions nationwide. Our methods ensure your data accurately represent your entire community.
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Local government decision-makers use Polco surveys for strategic plans, budgeting, and performance measurement
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National Research Center (NRC) is the proprietary in-house data-science laboratory at Polco that designs all the benchmark surveys and analyzes your results. NRC researchers have conducted surveys with hundreds of jurisdictions nationwide. Through 30 years of research, NRC amassed a database that holds hundreds of thousands of resident opinions–the largest of its kind in the United States. The database represents the perspectives of more than 50 million residents all around the country.
Someone would come to a council meeting and would be the loudest person in the room. We would make a decision based on that. We wanted to make more data-driven decisions and hear more from our community.
Asst. City Manager of Administration, Edmond, Okla.
We asked ourselves, do we have the courage to step forward and see how we’re doing? And then do we have the courage to take on this information and pique the interest of the community to do something different than we’ve done in the past?
City Clerk, Chatfield, Minn.
This is very useful. I can’t tell you how many times we reflect on the community survey results to help guide our policy decisions over the next four years.
Mayor, Louisville, Colo.
A lot of communities, especially small ones, have ever-growing demands and never-growing staff. It’s hard to prioritize. The data helps us to evaluate those things, set priorities, and make sure we use our limited resources to get to where we need to go.
Public Information Officer, Estes Park, Colo.