Innovations and Emerging Practices Survey Dataset Available

New data explores various topics related to public sector innovation, as well as newly emerging issues and practices affecting local government management.

ARTICLE | Dec 6, 2018

A new Innovations and Emerging Practices in Local Government Survey Dataset from ICMA, the Center for Urban Innovation at Arizona State University, and the Alliance for Innovation is available to local government professionals, researchers, and academics. 

The data resource includes topics related to public sector innovation, as well as newly emerging issues and practices affecting local government management, including innovation and change in local government, performance data analytics, public engagement, regulation of the sharing economy (i.e., Uber, AirBnB, etc.), and infrastructure financing.  

Key findings from the survey include:

  • Innovation and change. Most survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed that their organization responds both quickly and effectively to external changes (70%) and the most significant barrier to the implementation of new practices or initiatives was the availability of funding (85%).
  • Public engagement. Town hall meetings were the citizen engagement tool most commonly identified as being successful in meeting participation goals (71.7%).
  • Regulation of the sharing economy. Only 4% of local governments had legislation in place to regulate the sharing economy (i.e., Uber, AirBnB, etc.) and another 12% were pursuing legislation.
  • Infrastructure financing. Nearly 80% of local governments did not have the capacity to issue new debt to finance infrastructure improvements; private sector/foundation grants were the most common nontraditional financing mechanism local governments were likely to use.

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If you need assistance accessing and working with the underlying data, contact Berna Oztekin at boztekin@icma.org

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