Community and resident engagement surveys, tools, and analytics for Local Government Leaders to
Make Informed Decisions With Confidence
Give everyone a voice, strengthen trust, and build a better community through resident engagement.
Traditional resident engagement methods neglect the majority of voices
Town halls and social media for community input are unreliable. Alone, they can bias and misinform decision-making. Without a trustworthy resident engagement platform to help:
You need more data to support your decisions
You don’t hear from everyone in your community
Residents lose more trust in government
Long-term planning and budgeting are more challenging
In-house surveys often ask residents the wrong questions
You struggle to increase civic participation
Avoid making biased decisions
Stop relying on novice surveys and social media. Get reliable insights that represent your entire community with expert-created surveys, polls, and other tools.
Get the resident engagement platform you need to build relationships with your community. Give residents a voice and act on their feedback.
Move your community forward
Make decisions with confidence, create lasting change, and build a vibrant place to live.
Let’s work together! Here’s how Polco works:
Conduct expert surveys and polls
Receive community insights representing your entire population with the Polco resident engagement platform.
Get poll responses in real-time. Work with expert survey scientists who analyze your data. See how your community compares to the nation.
Implement community insights in plans and budgets
Make informed decisions with confidence. Align resources and priorities with community needs and values. Show you are listening and act on resident feedback.
Misleading data can steer you in the wrong direction
We make it easy to navigate big data with accurate and reliable community insights.
60,000+ questions answered
30+ years of national benchmark comparisons
30+ million American voices represented
The comprehensive community engagement platform that gives you everything you need
Comprehensive public data about your city collected and analyzed by experts. See important community data all in one place. Measure data points over time.
- Actionable data for strategic and comprehensive plans
- Data to align city council and city managers on important issues
- A go-to source for grant application data and evidence
Gather community member input on any topic at any time with customizable or templated surveys, polls, live events, and simulations.
- The simplest and fastest way to interact with verified community members
- Build support by showing residents the real constraints government leaders face
- Collect high quality data for strategic planning and budgeting
Get data about your community, from your community. National benchmark comparison surveys that help you identify priorities and see where you stand next to the national average.
- The most representative community data available
- Align your goals with what matters most to residents
- Use data for prioritizing, planning, and budgeting
Nationally benchmarked surveys delivered on Polco designed to engage your entire community
Answers to your burning questions: Polco solutions for community leaders FAQ
It depends. Polco provides pricing that fits your community’s unique needs and budget. Costs vary depending on population size and the tools you choose. Request a quote and we’ll help you create a personalized community engagement plan that works best for your city. We’ll help you launch a program that will best help you increase civic participation, leverage community data, and inform your strategic decisions. Request a quote.
Will my residents' privacy be kept safe?
How can I be certain my survey results actually represent my community?
Polco benchmark comparison surveys use scientific methods that yield results which accurately reflect the community.
For online surveys that are open to all, Polco’s verification technology guarantees you hear from real residents. Verification compares resident information against public records (such as voter files). Verified resident information is kept private.
How can my local government use resident engagement when we don't have the time or resources?
Polco saves time by doing all the heavy lifting for you. For benchmark surveys, our researchers conduct the assessment for you. Experts provide the survey questions, send out mailers, analyze results, create a report, and can even present your results to council. The Polco community engagement platform also offers a library of pre-built surveys that you can use at your convenience. Polco also streamlines your engagement program by serving all your resident input and community data needs in one place. This is a great way to save time and money.
Who is Polco?
Polco was designed from inception for civic environments by former public servants. Our founders spent time at some of the world’s leading tech companies, such as Google and Amazon, the White House, and in local government. Polco employees encompass the best minds in government technology, civic analytics, and community engagement. Our highly skilled social science analysts perform a full range of quality research and evaluation services to help decision-makers understand the perspectives of their residents, employees, and clients. Polco has 30 years experience serving local governments.
National Research Center (NRC) at Polco is our proprietary data science laboratory. NRC designs all of Polco’s surveys and are the brains behind our scientific methods. NRC also established our national benchmarking database, which reports community insights on livability from more than 30 million Americans nationwide. This is the largest database of its kind in the US.
Polco is also proud to welcome Balancing Act, maker of simulation-based public engagement tools for budgeting, housing, climate, and planning. Balancing Act specializes in engagement-driven strategies and public policy leadership development. The simulation tools help local governments communicate the complexities and trade-offs they make while developing the budget.
Hundreds of organizations nationwide work with the Polco team and our resident engagement platform for strategic planning, budgeting, increasing civic participation, and empowering resident voices.