How digital solutions can empower constituents

How digital solutions can empower constituents

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Digital solutions can help empower constituents to make their community a better place.

Introduction.

Constituent engagement is something that should be a top priority for every local government. When constituents feel engaged, they are more likely to get involved in their community and help make it a better place. Today, thanks to digital solutions, local governments can do a lot to help increase constituent engagement by empowering their constituents with the right tools. We are going to take a look at three ways that digital solutions can help empower constituents and how it affects the community.

1. Give constituents a voice

Local governments can use digital platforms to create forums and spaces where constituents can share their thoughts and ideas on issues that matter to them. This gives constituents a chance to be heard and makes them feel like their government is listening to them. It also helps them see which issues matter to other people in the community. When constituents have a voice, they feel like they can actually make a difference in their community, and they are more likely to get involved.

Digital solutions also make it easier for constituents to take initiative within the community and solve problems that they can, on their own. For example, if there’s a problem with littering in the community, a constituent can create a petition on a digital platform and get people to sign it. Once the petition has enough signatures, the local government will be more likely to take notice and do something about the issue. This is just one example, there are many ways digital solutions can help give constituents a voice which helps empower them to make their community a better place.

2. Offer transparency

Digital solutions make it easier for constituents to see what is going on in their community and what initiatives the local government is taking to make the community a better place. Local governments can use digital platforms to share updates on initiatives, post news articles, and even live stream events. This helps create a sense of transparency between the government and constituents which is important for building trust. When constituents feel like they can trust their government, they are more likely to want to work with them to make the community a better place.

Increased transparency also helps empower constituents because they can hold their government accountable. For example, if a local government is not being transparent about how they are spending money, constituents can use digital platforms to share this information with the community. This will put pressure on the government to be more transparent and accountable which is something that all constituents deserve.

3. Encourage participation

Digital solutions make it easier for constituents to take part in local government initiatives. Local governments can use digital platforms to create campaigns and engage with constituents on social media. They can also use digital platforms to host events and webinars. This makes it easier for constituents to participate in the initiatives that matter to them and helps them feel like they are a part of the community.

Encouraging participation also helps empower constituents by giving them the opportunity to learn more about their community and how they can help make it a better place. For example, if a local government is hosting a webinar on litter prevention, constituents can learn about the issue and what they can do to help solve the problem. This empowers them to take action and make a difference in their community.

Conclusion 

Digital solutions empower constituents by giving them a voice, increasing transparency, and encouraging participation. Local governments can use these solutions to create a better community for everyone. What’s important is that constituents feel like they are a part of the community and that they can make a difference. When this happens, communities thrive.

MyGovLinks is an intuitive digital platform designed specifically with constituent engagement in mind. It helps empower constituents by giving them access to multiple community resources at any time from any device. To learn more about how MyGovLinks can help your community visit us at www.mygovlinks.com today.

 

About the authors:  

Hannah Hillier

Hannah is a professional content creator and writer. After graduation from the Public Relations program at Cambrian College, Hannah has gone on to start a successful freelance writing career. She is passionate about bringing words to life in a way that makes complicated topics more approachable. From website content to full articles, Hannah loves to find ways to communicate with any audience effectively. She currently lives and works in Sudbury Ontario.

Joseph Edward

Joseph founded INVORG focusing on a client-centric service delivery platform for innovating local organizations, not-for-profits, home and community support organizations, and small to medium-sized businesses. Joseph holds a Chief  Information Officer Certification from Carnegie Melon University, USA, and from the US General Services Administration. He is an IT veteran with over 20 years of leadership in technology, including four years as CTO for the city of London. 

 

4 Ways digital solutions can help local governments manage their assets

4 Ways digital solutions can help local governments manage their assets

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How can digital solutions help local governments manage their assets?

Introduction.

Local governments are responsible for managing a variety of assets from public infrastructure to parks and recreation facilities and many more. It can be hard for local governments to find an effective way to manage those assets and keep track of them. Digital solutions offer an opportunity to help local governments of all sizes manage their assets in a more efficient and effective way. Here are four ways digital solutions can help local governments manage their assets:

1. By tracking and managing data related to assets more effectively

Digital solutions can help local governments track and manage asset data more effectively. This includes things like location data, condition data, data about ongoing renovations or restorations, and much more. This data can be used to help make decisions about how to best use and maintain assets. It can also be used to help track progress on projects and flag potential issues.

Let’s look at an example. Say a local government is renovating a park. The digital solution they are using to manage the project can track the location of construction equipment, the people working on the project, the materials being used, and the progress of the work. It can also keep track of costs associated with a project and notify them if something is over budget. This data can be used to make sure the project is on schedule and that there are no issues with things like materials. It can also help the local government track the success of the project once it’s completed. Tracking and managing data is a great example of how digital solutions can help local governments manage their assets.

2. By helping to prevent and manage asset deterioration

Digital solutions can also help local governments prevent and manage asset deterioration. This is important because it can help extend the life of assets and save money in the long run. For example, a digital solution can be used to track the condition of a public building over time. This data can be used to identify potential problems early and take steps to fix them before they become bigger issues. It can also be used to plan for future renovations or repairs. Buildings aren’t the only asset that might see deterioration over time. Public infrastructure like roads and bridges can also deteriorate. Digital solutions can help local governments track the condition of these assets as well and take steps to prevent or manage deterioration. By being able to monitor data about roads and road repairs, the local government will be able to see which roads deteriorate faster than others and if their current road repair schedule is working. This allows them to properly distribute resources to the places in the community that need them most.

3. By improving communication and collaboration

Digital solutions can also help local governments improve communication and collaboration. This is important because it can help make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to projects or asset management. It can also help save time and money by avoiding duplication of effort. For example, a digital solution can be used to create a central repository for asset data. This data can be accessed by anyone who needs it and it can be updated in real-time. This means that everyone will always have the most up-to-date information about assets. Having this information in one place also makes it easier to share with other departments or agencies that might need it. Digital solutions can also be used to create digital workflows. This can help make sure everyone knows what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. It can also help track progress on projects and flag potential issues. Improving communication and collaboration is an important aspect to consider when improving asset management.

4. By automating asset management processes

Digital solutions can also help local governments automate asset management processes. This is important because it can help save time and money. It can also help improve the accuracy of data. For example, a digital solution can be used to automatically generate work orders for asset maintenance. This means that the local government won’t have to manually create work orders every time something needs to be fixed. The digital solution can also be used to track the progress of work orders and notify the appropriate parties when they are completed. This can help make sure that assets are properly maintained and that everyone is on the same page. Automating asset management processes is a great way to improve efficiency and accuracy and is very easy when utilizing digital solutions properly.

Conclusion 

Digital solutions can help local governments in a variety of ways when it comes to managing their assets. They can help improve communication and collaboration, automate processes, track data, and prevent or manage asset deterioration. All of these things help local governments make the most out of the assets and resources they have.

MyGovLinks is an easy-to-use digital platform that helps local governments manage their assets to the best of their ability. It helps increase communication throughout the government to improve efficiency and effectiveness. It can also help harness the power of data that can be leveraged when considering asset management. For more information about MyGovLinks visit www.mygovlinks.com today.

 

About the authors:  

Hannah Hillier

Hannah is a professional content creator and writer. After graduation from the Public Relations program at Cambrian College, Hannah has gone on to start a successful freelance writing career. She is passionate about bringing words to life in a way that makes complicated topics more approachable. From website content to full articles, Hannah loves to find ways to communicate with any audience effectively. She currently lives and works in Sudbury Ontario.

Joseph Edward

Joseph founded INVORG focusing on a client-centric service delivery platform for innovating local organizations, not-for-profits, home and community support organizations, and small to medium-sized businesses. Joseph holds a Chief  Information Officer Certification from Carnegie Melon University, USA, and from the US General Services Administration. He is an IT veteran with over 20 years of leadership in technology, including four years as CTO for the city of London. 

 

How digital solutions help community workers.

How digital solutions help community workers.

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Can digital solutions help government employees who work in the field, or are they only for employees who work in the office?

Introduction.

Digital solutions are helping local governments transform the way they work. However, it is common for people to assume that digital solutions are only for people that work at a desk. That is a common misconception about digital solutions. There are lots of ways to utilize digital solutions even when you are away from a desk and working out in the community. By-law officers, parks and recreation staff, and maintenance crews are just some of the community workers who are benefitting from digital solutions despite being away from their desks often. Digital transformation is making it possible for community workers to do their job more efficiently and effectively by properly leveraging digital solutions. We are going to take a look at 3 examples of how digital solutions can help members of local governments even when they are away from their desks.

1. Increase efficiency for code enforcement

By-law officers and code enforcement officers are often out in the community enforcing city regulations. In the past, this meant a lot of paperwork and time spent going back to the office to input data. Now, digital solutions allow by-law officers to fill out forms electronically which saves time and money. Additionally, digital solutions make it possible for by-law officers to take pictures and videos of code violations which can be stored electronically for easy access and reference. This helps to increase efficiency and effectiveness for by-law officers.

 Let’s look at an example. Let’s say a by-law officer is out in the community and notices some graffiti at a local playground. Instead of having to take note of the incident, go back to the office. fill out the required paperwork to repost the graffiti, and request that the graffiti be cleaned. With the help of digital solutions, the by-law officer can now take pictures of graffiti and then report it to the city and request a clean-up instantly from out in the field. The digital solution can also be used to track when graffiti is removed. This helps to ensure that the city is keeping its community clean and helps by-law officers be more efficient, making it possible to do more with the time they have each day. By eliminating redundant tasks, and reducing the need to return to the office, digital solutions can positively impact the way local governments monitor, report, and follow up with infractions in their community.

2. Assist parks and maintenance staff

Parks and recreation staff are responsible for maintaining the city parks and the outside of city buildings. This includes tasks such as mowing the lawn, trimming trees, and checking playgrounds. It also includes winter maintenance such as snow plowing, shoveling, and sanding or salting icy areas. In the past, these workers would often have to use manual methods to do their job which was not only time-consuming but could also be dangerous. Now, with digital solutions, there are new ways to do things that are both efficient and effective. For example, digital solutions can be used for GPS mapping which helps parks and recreation staff know where they have already been as well as which areas still need to be tended to. Another benefit to these digital solutions is that you can have valuable data to prove certain maintenance items have been completed.

For example, in the wintertime, it is common to have longer periods of snowfall that create slippery sidewalks, snow-covered parking lots, and icy public stairways or walkways. It is the responsibility of the city to ensure these areas are cleared of snow and ice to the best of their ability so no one slips and gets hurt. It is however a reality that after tending to certain areas, snow may continue to fall making them slippery and dangerous again although the city has already been there to maintain the area once. Sometimes, in this case, the city may get accused of not maintaining the area at all, however, that is not the case. With the help of digital solutions, local governments will be able to see exactly when the area was maintained, how long the crew member was there, and exactly which sections of the area were tended to. By having that data available, it is easier for city maintenance crews to show that they are doing their work properly, responsibly, and to the best of their abilities.

3. Improving communication with office workers and workers in the field

In the past, it was often difficult for office workers and workers in the field to communicate with each other. This was because they were not always in the same location, and it was not always possible to get in touch with each other right away. With digital solutions, this is no longer an issue. There are now digital solutions that allow workers in the field and workers in the office to communicate at the touch of a button. This improves efficiency and allows office staff to communicate urgent matters to staff members in the field which can be helpful for a number of reasons.

 Let’s look at an example. Let’s say there is a code enforcement officer who is out in the field reviewing a request for a building permit in a local neighborhood. While that code enforcement officer is there, a house in the same neighborhood files an urgent request to rebuild a shed on their property that was damaged during a storm. In the past, the code enforcement officer would have finished the review for the building permit and then returned back to the office, only to find the addition request in the same neighborhood they were just at. Then they would have to get ready and travel back to the same neighborhood to review the second request, wasting time for both themselves and the constituent who filed the request.

 Thanks to digital solutions, that is no longer an issue. Instead, the office worker would simply send a message to the code enforcement officer while they are in the field and let them know instantly that there is another request nearby. They are also able to instantly send them any information they need about the request, and any files they may need to fill out pertaining to the request, all without having to return to the office. This makes it easy for code enforcement officers to tend to as many issues and requests in the community as fast as possible and it helps office staff tend to matter quickly and follow up with ease.

Conclusion 

Digital solutions have helped to change the way local governments operate and the way they serve their communities. By digitizing many of the tasks that need to be completed, local government employees are able to work more efficiently and serve their community better. In addition, digital solutions have also improved communication between office staff and workers in the field, making it easier for them to collaborate and get tasks done more quickly. All of this has helped to make local governments more efficient and responsive to the needs of their communities while utilizing their resources more efficiently.

MyGovLinks is a digital platform designed to connect your local government and your community. This intuitive digital platform helps you streamline processes, increase constituent engagement, and improve the way teams work together within your government. MyGovLinks is easy to use, easy to implement and works from anywhere using any device. For more information about MyGovLinks and how it can help your local government, visit www.mygovlinks.com today 

 

About the authors:  

Hannah Hillier

Hannah is a professional content creator and writer. After graduation from the Public Relations program at Cambrian College, Hannah has gone on to start a successful freelance writing career. She is passionate about bringing words to life in a way that makes complicated topics more approachable. From website content to full articles, Hannah loves to find ways to communicate with any audience effectively. She currently lives and works in Sudbury Ontario.

Joseph Edward

Joseph founded INVORG focusing on a client-centric service delivery platform for innovating local organizations, not-for-profits, home and community support organizations, and small to medium-sized businesses. Joseph holds a Chief  Information Officer Certification from Carnegie Melon University, USA, and from the US General Services Administration. He is an IT veteran with over 20 years of leadership in technology, including four years as CTO for the city of London. 

 

Why do local government employees leave their jobs

Why do local government employees leave their jobs

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How can local governments leverage the power of digital to improve employee satisfaction?

Introduction.

There are many reasons why employees may choose to leave their jobs in local government. In the wake of what some call “the great resignation,” it is essential that local governments look at why local government employees might want to leave their jobs and how they can encourage them to stay. In this article, we will look at some of the common reasons local government employees leave their positions and how digital solutions can help improve their quality of life at work to encourage them to stay.

1. Employees feel they are not making a difference

In a recent survey, 60% of respondents said they would leave their current job if they felt their work was not making a difference. This is a significant issue for local governments who are trying to attract and retain top talent in order to make their communities a better place. One way to address this issue is by using digital solutions to make it easy for employees to see the impact of their work. For example, a case management system can help track the progress of cases from start to finish so that employees can see the difference they are making in real-time.

If government employees are able to see how issues in their community are being solved and follow the process from beginning to end, they will be able to see the direct impact they are having on their community. This also helps because they can see that their efforts are making a difference and that problems are actually being solved instead of passing the issue off and hoping it gets resolved. Digital solutions can make it easy for employees to see exactly how the work they do every day has a positive impact on their community.

2. Employees feel siloed from other departments

In a recent survey, 56% of respondents said that they would leave their current job if they felt like they were not able to collaborate with other departments. This is a common issue in local government where employees can feel isolated from other departments and like their work does not have a direct impact on the success of other departments and the local government as a whole. One way to address this issue is by using digital solutions to facilitate collaboration between departments. For example, a cloud-based document management system can help employees share documents and files with other departments easily and securely.

If government employees are able to collaborate with other departments easily, they will feel like their work has a direct impact on the success of other departments as well as the success of the organization as a whole. Digital solutions can help facilitate collaboration between departments and make it easy for employees to share documents and files, which will help them feel like they are a part of a team and that their work is valuable to the organization and the community.

3. Employees feel they do not have the right tools

In a recent survey, 54% of respondents said that they would leave their current job if they felt they did not have the proper tools and resources to do their job effectively. This is a common issue in local government where employees may not have the proper tools and resources to do their job to the best of their ability. One way to address this issue is by using digital solutions to provide employees with the tools they need to be successful. For example, a document management system can help employees access the documents and files they need from anywhere at any time. It can also help them harness the power of the data they are collecting from those forms and documents.

If government employees have the proper tools and resources to do their job, they will be more likely to stay in their current position. Digital solutions can help provide employees with the tools they need to do their job effectively and make it easier for them to make improvements and solve problems within their organization.

4. Employees feel like they are not being challenged

In a recent survey, 48% of respondents said that they would leave their current job if they felt like they were not being challenged. This is a common issue in local government where employees may feel like they are not being given the opportunity to grow and develop in their position. One way to address this issue is by using digital solutions to provide employees with opportunities to learn and grow. For example, a learning management system can help employees access training and development resources from anywhere at any time. It can also help them track their progress and see how they are doing over time.

If government employees feel like they are being challenged and have the opportunity to learn and grow, they will be more likely to stay in their current position and feel more fulfilled in the work they are doing.

Conclusion 

There are many reasons why local government employees may leave their job. However, there are also many ways to address these issues and keep employees engaged in their work. By using digital solutions to facilitate collaboration, provide proper tools and resources, and offer opportunities for learning and growth, local governments can retain the employees they have and create a more positive work environment.

MyGovLinks is an intuitive digital solution that not only improves the constituent experience, but also the experience of employees within local governments. This tool is powered by MuniLogic and is designed to streamline operations within local governments and empower local government employees to improve their community and feel fulfilled in their job. To learn more about MyGovLinks and how it can help your local government, visit us today at www.mygovlinks.com for more information.

 

About the authors:  

Hannah Hillier

Hannah is a professional content creator and writer. After graduation from the Public Relations program at Cambrian College, Hannah has gone on to start a successful freelance writing career. She is passionate about bringing words to life in a way that makes complicated topics more approachable. From website content to full articles, Hannah loves to find ways to communicate with any audience effectively. She currently lives and works in Sudbury Ontario.

Joseph Edward

Joseph founded INVORG focusing on a client-centric service delivery platform for innovating local organizations, not-for-profits, home and community support organizations, and small to medium-sized businesses. Joseph holds a Chief  Information Officer Certification from Carnegie Melon University, USA, and from the US General Services Administration. He is an IT veteran with over 20 years of leadership in technology, including four years as CTO for the city of London. 

 

How digital solutions can help local governments meet the needs of their council.

How digital solutions can help local governments meet the needs of their council.

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How can digital solutions help local governments meet the needs of both their council and their constituents?

Introduction.

Digital solutions can help local governments meet the needs of their council in a number of ways. By digitizing processes and making information more accessible, local governments can improve efficiency and transparency. Digital solutions can also help to engage constituents and make it easier for them to have their voices heard. Ultimately, digital solutions can help local governments better serve their communities in a variety of ways that not only help them meet the needs of their local council but also empower their constituents and grow their community. We are going to take a look at four of the ways digital solutions can help local governments meet the expectations of their council.

1. Digital solutions can help local governments improve efficiency and transparency

Local governments are responsible for a lot of moving parts and often have to manage large amounts of information. Digital solutions can help by making processes more efficient and automating tasks where possible. In addition, digital solutions can help make information more accessible to both constituents and government officials. By making information more accessible not only are local governments able to eliminate internal silos but they can also increase transparency which pleases both the council and constituents.

Increasing transparency and access to information helps meet the expectations of your local council because they are able to make well-informed decisions. Digital solutions can help by giving them the ability to track data and see results in real-time. This level of transparency is also beneficial to constituents as they feel more confident in their government’s ability to serve them.

2. Digital solutions can help engage constituents and make it easier for them to have their voices heard

One of the main responsibilities of local government is to hear and respond to the needs of constituents. Digital solutions can help by making it easier for constituents to engage with their government. Online platforms make it easy for constituents to submit feedback or request services. It also makes it easier for local governments to follow up on problems in the community and create long term solutions.

Digital solutions can help meet the expectations of your local council by making it easier for them to connect with constituents and understand their needs. Oftentimes, the needs of the council align with the needs of the constituents, so being able to see problems being solved for constituents is important for local councils. In addition, digital solutions make it easier for government officials to respond to issues in a timely manner.

3. Digital solutions can help local governments better serve their communities in a variety of ways

Digital solutions make it possible for local governments to provide more personalized service to their constituents. By collecting data and understanding the needs of the community, local governments can create targeted programs that address specific issues. Digital solutions also help local governments save money by streamlining processes and making information more readily available.

Digital solutions can help meet the expectations of your council by making it easier for them to allocate resources and target programs to areas that need them the most. It also allows them to make strategic investments in the community which is great for local governments that may be on a tight budget because they can make the best decisions with their money. Digital solutions also help improve communication between government officials and constituents which can build trust and confidence in the community.

4. Digital solutions can help empower constituents and grow their community

Digital solutions can help empower constituents by giving them more control over their community and the knowledge to help make their community a better place. For example, online platforms can give constituents the ability to report problems in their community or connect with other people who are working on similar issues. They can also help connect people in the community which strengthens the bonds between neighbors and strengthens the community. Digital solutions also help make it easier for constituents to access government services and information.

Digital solutions can help meet the expectations of your local council by making it easier for them to connect with constituents and understand their needs. Digital solutions also help improve communication between government officials and constituents which can build trust and confidence in the community. In addition, digital solutions can help empower constituents and grow their community and strengthen the community in a variety of ways.

Conclusion 

Digital solutions can help local governments better meet the needs of their council and constituents in a variety of ways. Digital solutions can help improve communication, transparency, and engagement between government officials and constituents. Digital solutions can also help government officials save time and money by streamlining processes and making information more readily available. In addition, digital solutions can help empower constituents to strengthen their community and continue to grow it. Digital solutions are a powerful tool that can help local governments better serve their communities.

MyGovLinks is a powerful digital solution powered by MuniLogic that helps connect communities and empower constituents and local government employees alike. If you are a member of a local government trying to meet the needs of their constituents and council, MyGovLinks is for you. To learn more about MyGovLinks and MuniLogic visit www.mygovlinks.com and www.munilogic.com today.

 

About the authors:  

Hannah Hillier

Hannah is a professional content creator and writer. After graduation from the Public Relations program at Cambrian College, Hannah has gone on to start a successful freelance writing career. She is passionate about bringing words to life in a way that makes complicated topics more approachable. From website content to full articles, Hannah loves to find ways to communicate with any audience effectively. She currently lives and works in Sudbury Ontario.

Joseph Edward

Joseph founded INVORG focusing on a client-centric service delivery platform for innovating local organizations, not-for-profits, home and community support organizations, and small to medium-sized businesses. Joseph holds a Chief  Information Officer Certification from Carnegie Melon University, USA, and from the US General Services Administration. He is an IT veteran with over 20 years of leadership in technology, including four years as CTO for the city of London. 

 

5 Examples of Civic Engagement and How They Affect the Community

5 Examples of Civic Engagement and How They Affect the Community

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What is civic engagement and why is it important?

Introduction.

The word civic engagement has become popular in recent years, but what does it actually mean? Civic engagement refers to the ways in which people can get involved in the life of their community, whether that’s through voting, volunteering, or simply being informed about local issues. In this article, we are going to take a look at some popular examples of civic engagement and explain how these examples impact a community.

1. Local Voting

One example of civic engagement is local voting. Voting is important because it allows people to have a say in how their community is run and what values it upholds. It also means that local governments are more accountable to the people they represent. Voting is the most crucial part of a democracy. When people vote in local elections, they are choosing the representatives who will make decisions on their behalf. These representatives are responsible for ensuring that the needs of the community are met. They also have the power to make changes that will improve the quality of life for everyone living there. For example, local representatives can choose to invest in public transportation. This has a direct impact on the quality of life for everyone living there because they can get where they need to go easier. For this reason, it is important for as many people to vote in the local elections as possible so that the elected officials represent as much of the community as possible.

2. Volunteering

Another example of civic engagement is volunteering. When people volunteer, they are giving their time and energy to help make their community a better place. There are many different ways to volunteer, and there’s sure to be an opportunity that fits your interests and skills. It is important that local governments make an effort to promote volunteer opportunities to their community members and make it easy for volunteers to offer their services and get started. By fostering volunteering within a community, you are opening the door for people to get involved and make their community a better place. Let’s look at an example. If your local government encourages volunteering in local parks, you might see an increase in the number of people who visit and use the parks. This is beneficial for the local economy because it brings in more visitors and also makes the community a more attractive place to live. Volunteering is a popular example of civic engagement and can encourage anyone in the community to spend their time making their community a better place.

3. Being Informed

Another important civic engagement activity is staying informed about local issues. When people are informed about what’s going on in their community, they can make better decisions about how to get involved. For example, if there is a local issue that you feel passionate about, you can choose to attend a public meeting or write to your local representative to express your opinion. If you are informed about local government decisions, you can also hold your local representatives accountable. It is important for people to have access to accurate and up-to-date information so that they can make informed decisions about their community. Staying informed is one of the most important examples of civic engagement as it is a direct reflection of the transparency of the local government. Transparent local governments make every effort to give constituents access to information about their community and what decisions are being made by the local government. This ensures trust in the local government which makes constituents more likely to engage in civic engagement activities such as voting and volunteering because they can easily see the direct impact of their efforts.

4. Being involved in administrative processes

Civic engagement can also mean getting involved in the administrative processes of local government. For example, if you have a concern about a local issue, you can reach out to your local representative and voice your opinion. You can also attend public meetings where decisions are being made about your community. It is important for people to be aware of the administrative operations of their local government in order for them to get involved. For example, does your local government advertise when city council meetings are taking place? Do you remind constituents about upcoming council meetings and the agenda items being discussed? Are there recordings of past council meetings easily available to constituents in the community who were unable to attend? These are all ways local governments can make it easier for constituents to get involved in the administrative processes of their local government and encourage this kind of civic engagement.

5. Attending local events

Another important civic engagement activity is attending local events. When people attend local events, they are supporting their community and showing pride in where they live. Local events are also a great way to meet new people and learn about different aspects of your community. For example, if you attend a local festival, you might learn about a new local business or meet someone who is passionate about the same issue that you are. Both these things help make your community more successful and a happier place to live. It is important that constituents have an easy place to find information about events taking place in their community in order to attend and encourage others to attend. Attending local events is a great way to show support for your community and get involved in civic engagement.

Conclusion 

Civic engagement is important because it helps to build strong communities run by elected officials who are accountable to the people they serve. When people are engaged in their community, they can have a direct impact on the decisions being made about their community. Civic engagement activities can range from attending local events to staying informed about local government decisions. Civic engagement is crucial for both constituents and the local government. It helps improve the quality of life for constituents while also helping achieve the goals and objectives of local governments.

The good news is that civic engagement is made much easier by digital solutions. For example, MyGovLinks is an innovative digital solution powered by Microsoft Power Platform that helps directly improve civic engagement and empower constituents to make a difference in their community. This is one of the many municipal solutions designed, developed, and implemented by MuniLogic. This platform allows constituents to make personalized profiles, monitor updates on evolving situations, get notified about upcoming community events, and so much more. MyGovLinks can be used on any device and is the future of civic engagement technology. For more information about MyGovLinks and MuniLogic, visit us today at www.mygovlinks.com or www.munilogic.com for more information.

 

About the authors:  

Hannah Hillier

Hannah is a professional content creator and writer. After graduation from the Public Relations program at Cambrian College, Hannah has gone on to start a successful freelance writing career. She is passionate about bringing words to life in a way that makes complicated topics more approachable. From website content to full articles, Hannah loves to find ways to communicate with any audience effectively. She currently lives and works in Sudbury Ontario.

Joseph Edward

Joseph founded INVORG focusing on a client-centric service delivery platform for innovating local organizations, not-for-profits, home and community support organizations, and small to medium-sized businesses. Joseph holds a Chief  Information Officer Certification from Carnegie Melon University, USA, and from the US General Services Administration. He is an IT veteran with over 20 years of leadership in technology, including four years as CTO for the city of London.