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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level School District
State(s) All States
Source Center for Democracy & Technology
Policy Areas Education, Data & Technology
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many school districts have introduced student activity monitoring software and other digital tools aimed at facilitating remote classroom management and driving student engagement. Though helpful, these tools can also be intrusive. This report examines...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) California
Source American Civil Liberties Union of California
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
Democracy depends on the public’s right to know what its government is doing so it can hold officials accountable. California voters recognized the fundamental importance of public access to documents by enshrining the right of access in the state constitution. But the right of access...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Tech companies have been rapidly expanding their networks of facilities that store and retrieve digital information through the creation of new data centers. State and local governments routinely subsidize these projects, providing traditional subsidies, such as local property tax...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Center for Data Innovation
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Businesses in the real estate, financial services, and air travel industries have taken steps to limit third-party access to their data in ways that restrict competition, reduce market transparency, and harm consumers. In order to prevent this behavior, this report recommends that...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level State
State(s) All States
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement
This report provides case studies that illustrate how private contractors hide three key types of information: the fees they charge the public, how they spend public funds, and details on the quality of public services. Decision-makers should adopt strong sunshine laws that require...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
It is becoming more difficult for families to access clean and affordable water due to aging water infrastructure systems, climate change, and the rising cost of living. This report outlines best practices and innovative solutions mayors can adopt to ensure that residents have equitable...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Local Progress
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Data & Technology
Transparency and public data can help improve the effectiveness of government agencies and elected officials. However, current transparency requirements focus on physical publication and inspection, which favor and protect incumbent power. Local governments often do not have rigorous...

Type Ordinance
Year 2000
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Santa Cruz City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Community Development, Public Spaces
An ordinance requiring new retail stores over 16,000 square feet to obtain a special permit, with approval hinging on whether they add to a balanced and diverse mix of downtown businesses. Specifically, a new store must demonstrate that it 1) adds a desired type of business, 2) contributes...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source The Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance, Data & Technology
The global spread of Covid-19 has highlighted the vital need for reliable high-speed internet and the inadequacies of the for-profit, corporate model in delivering it. This report proposes new approaches to ownership and control that will accelerate and democratize digital infrastructure...

Type Ordinance
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Chicago City Council
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement
This ordinance outlines the disclosure requirements necessary when a corporation applies for city council approval with respect to the sale/purchase of real estate, property tax reclassification, zoning, financial assistance from The City of Chicago, or entering into a contract with...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Health, Housing, Public Safety, Education, Democracy & Governance
By 2050, two out of every three people on the planet will live in a city. Urbanization and new ideas go hand in hand; by their very nature, cities have long served to create pockets of innovation, changing and improving the way we live our lives in the process. Historically this process...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Minnesota
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety, Democracy & Governance, Transportation & Mobility
One in five City of Saint Paul (City) residents speaks a language other than English in their homes. This means that increasingly City employees are providing services to individuals who may be limited English proficient (LEP) as a result of national origin. Based on data collected...

Type Ordinance
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source The People of the Charter County of Wayne
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Finance & Procurement
This ordinance prescribes standards of conduct for public servants in matters that relate to county affairs. In particular, it requires that public servants abstain from participating in County decisions that they have a financial interest in; refuse employment when it is incompatible...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Housing, Public Safety, Democracy & Governance
As Americans' trust in government nears historic lows, frustration with government performance approaches record highs. One explanation for this trend is that citizens may be unaware of both the services provided by government and the impact of those services on their lives. In an...

Type Ordinance
Year 1994
Level City or Town
State(s) Colorado
Source Fort Collins City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Democracy & Governance, Transportation & Mobility
An ordinance adopting a six-month moratorium on development of stores larger than 80,000 square feet. The city used the time to review the design, transportation, and other planning issues posed by big box retailers, and to make changes to its planning and zoning rules....

Type Ordinance
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source San Francisco Board Of Supervisors
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This ordinance amends a prior open data policy that empowered San Francisco's Committee on Information Technology to establish rules and standards applicable to all city departments regarding the release of data to the city's online data portal. This ordinance establishes the positions...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
Bus ridership in New York City is rapidly declining. In order to attract riders, buses must become faster, more reliable, and more attractive as a transit option. This report lays out best practices to improve New York’s ailing bus system. Strategies focus on redesigning the bus network...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source American Civil Liberties Union of California
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Data & Technology
“Smart city” products are often touted as cost-efficient solutions to providing government services and addressing societal challenges, but in reality these technologies are no more intelligent than the data and algorithms behind them. Like other tools, their effectiveness depends...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Health, Housing, Public Safety, Education, Democracy & Governance
Europe's cities need entrepreneurship and innovation to secure their long-term economic, cultural and social prosperity. This report proposes a set of tools cities can use to stimulate the creativity and social innovation they need by drawing on external innovators and advisers....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement
While privatization occurs under different names, such as outsourcing, contracting out, and public-private partnership, it always removes a public good from public control and places it under the control of a private entity. The specifics of these deals vary, but the consequences...

Type Ordinance
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) Arkansas
Source Chicago City Council
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Housing, Public Safety, Democracy & Governance
This ordinance: establishes municipal licensure program for private businesses and nonprofit organizations; creates license fee to administer program; and requires annual applications for license....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This report explores disclosure practices for certain types of subsidies per locality and provides a grade for those programs based on the quality of company-specific disclosures. The report finds that two-thirds of the economic development subsidy programs run by the nation's largest...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Housing, Public Safety, Health, Finance & Procurement, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Education
The Social and Behavioral Sciences Team 2016 Annual Report highlights SBST's progress implementing the President's directive over the past year in eight key policy areas: promoting retirement security, advancing economic opportunity, improving college access and affordability, responding...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Campaign Zero
Policy Areas Public Safety, Data & Technology
Body cameras are rapidly becoming the norm in communities across the country. Campaign Zero reviewed available police department body camera policies from the largest 30 cities in America to determine whether this new technology is being implemented in ways that ensure accountability...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2019
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement
Too often, public officials propose the privatization of public facilities, public goods, or contracting out vital public services, without getting the basic information that decision-makers and voters need to know to evaluate these transactions. By asking a handful of simple questions...

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