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About the Award

Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award

Award Criteria

Engaged Cities Award applications must show how they addressed the problem with meaningful citizen involvement and delivered measurable results.

The specific problem addressed must directly affect the daily lives of citizens, such as homelessness, neighborhood safety, extreme weather, literacy, or food insecurity, or impact the city’s ability to deliver services, such as ineffective deployment of resources, underutilized programs, or perpetuation of silos or bureaucracy.

Applicants must choose one of the following five categories for their solution:

  • Citizen-Sourced Data: Engage citizens in data collection and/or analysis to create or enhance services, resources, or policies.
  • Crowdsourcing: Leverage citizen expertise, experience, and ideas to create or enhance services, resources, or policies.
  • Impact Volunteering: Engage citizens in direct service as volunteers to help solve a tangible problem affecting the lives of residents.
  • Participatory Design: Involve citizens as part of the design process to create or improve services, resources, or policies.
  • Other: If your project does not fit into one of the four categories, please define a category and provide a brief explanation.

Successful solutions will:

Engage citizens as problem solvers

City involves citizens in design and implementation of solution.

Show evidence of impact

Application demonstrates significant impact on the problem.

Be transferable to other cities

Cities facing similar challenges can implement the solution.

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