Polco is an online engagement tool designed to receive ongoing and reliable feedback from verified members of a community.
Polco is an online civic engagement platform that provides organizations with data-rich and referenceable input. This award-winning tool is user-friendly and gives officials the data they need to make more informed decisions. We deliver the ease and accessibility of online surveys combined with the verification and reliability of in-person engagement.
Polco was designed from inception by former public servants for organizations such as local governments, agencies, foundations, universities, nonprofits and more. After spending time at some of the country’s top tech companies, we wanted to bring world-class communication technology to the civic process.
How It Works
On Polco, you directly ask your community questions and add context with links, images and even video. You’ll also get the tools to promote your questions via social media, email, digital newsletters and affiliate organizations or other groups.
Data Verification and Collection
When respondents answer their first questions, they set up an account with their ZIP code and email. Polco will later prompt users to provide their name with continued use of the platform. The name and ZIP code are verified using voter registration records, giving you additional demographic information such as gender, age range and voting district. Respondents can also add comments, providing you with an extra layer of context. Polco values respondent privacy and does not report individually identifying information.
Polco helps organizations develop “standing panels” who are notified by email of any new questions once a week. This helps generate ideas and allows you to get additional input whenever you need it.
We welcome you to Polco. Let’s get the dialogue started with your organization today!