Updated: Feb 18
Written by: Larry Goodfellow
Municipal governments are elected by citizens and are trusted to act with the citizens’ best interest in mind. While the very nature of politics means that there are clashing opinions, it is possible to make informed and representative decisions based on gathered opinions from your citizenry.
Municipal governments who strive to hear the issues on the ground and who want to hear all sides of an issue- not just the loudest voices- should consider using an online community to reach these goals.
With the flexibility to have usernames anonymous, to have anonymous surveys for people who are not online community members, and for confidential data gathering that is flexible to meet the data privacy stipulations of different regions, an online community is the tool that municipal governments can use to reach out, gather proportionate results, and create a relationship with their on-the-ground community that promotes listening and two-way communication.
Having an online community enables municipal governments to run quick, real-time polls to gauge opinions about certain initiatives or events; it allows community members to talk among themselves as well, creating a space for people to share their opinions.
Running an online community also bolsters a sense of, you guessed it, community! Having an online meeting point will bring people together and allow efficient and easy data collection and information sharing.
If you are interested in learning more about how municipal governments can utilize the engagement tools offered by Insightrix Communities, please contact us! We are always happy to walk people though the great features built into our software, and offer tips and ideas on how to make an online community help you reach your engagement goals.