Browse Topics: Education & Research
Call for Innovation/Ideas
Call for Innovations (or Ideas) is a new procurement tool in which cities/towns issue first a problem statement rather than specifications.
Community Health Dashboards
Community Health dashboards depict various measures and trends related to residents’ health, education & welfare.
Boston’s City Hall to Go
City Hall To Go visits Boston’s neighborhoods throughout the year, offering a select menu of city services directly to constituents. The truck can also be deployed to special events, block parties and street festivals, as well as select seasonal services as resident needs shift throughout the year.
Washtenaw County Master Rain Gardener Program
Rain Gardens filter and cool storm water before it enters streams and rivers. But siting and maintaining rain gardens for effective stormwater management requires special care. The Master Rain garden program extends the popular Master Gardener programs to create low input, high performing landscapes.
South Florida Sea Level Rise Toolkit
Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and partners are developing the Sea Level Rise Toolbox to depict future sea level rise and coastal flooding. The goal is to help residents and businesses prepare and adapt ahead of damaging water and flooding.
Neighborhood Consultation Explainer Video
NSW Australia produced a 1:18 minute video to explain neighbor consultations, which are required for property owners undertaking renovation, demolition or new construction.
Community Button Campaign – “Not Myself Today”
The “Not Myself Today” campaign is an annual week addressing mental health and well-being. In 2012, Blok Design, working with Partners in Mental Health, used campaign style buttons with a range of moods and feelings. Organizers chose an area with high foot traffic, encouraging pedestrians to “wear their feelings.” The campaign seeks to reduce the stigma of mental health and to open the dialogue on mental health.
"What is Zoning?" Toolkit
The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) created toolkits to help community advocates teach the basics on zoning and affordable housing. These are public engagement multipliers that spread baseline education beyond traditional local government-led sessions.
Do Community Engagement Toolkits Work? Research from California
Local governments and agencies are opening up public engagement processes on all types of activities. In California, UC-Berkeley investigated what kinds of engagement tools actually work to support community planning for transit oriented development (TOD) and topics such as affordable housing, density and TOD. (Publication – 28 pages)
Using Bluegrass to Rally Around Community Plans
Winston Salem, located in Forsyth County, North Carolina, expects 100,000 new residents by 2030. To spur community interest and input in planning for the future, the County and city used a bluegrass band to get people excited.
GoTriangle "I Heart Transit" Campaign
IN 2012, the transit consortium GoTriangle launched “I ♥Transit” campaign featuring a gallery of local businesses and recognizable faces that support sustainable transportation, and a traveling photobooth.
Innovative Communication for Transportation Master Plan in Singapore
Singapore’s transit agency is using an inventive method for spreading the word about their Land Transport Master Plan 2030 update, the country’s vision for transportation in the next 20 years. The Singapore Land Transport Authority (“LTA”) used friendly, at-a-glimpse visuals to spread the word about the country’s upcoming 2030 transportation initiatives. LTA’s colorful, inclusive, concise comics help Singapore residents understand the transportation challenges the country is facing, and how residents will benefit from LTA’s upcoming initiatives.
Atlanta Regional Commission “Pop-Up" Meeting
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) held a one day “pop up meeting in a vacant storefront in Decatur GA to host an informal outreach sessions.