Research

ICMA welcomes partnerships with universities and researchers to conduct surveys, develop reports, and create case studies and other resources.

ICMA welcomes partnerships with universities and researchers to conduct surveys, develop reports, and create case studies. With our research partners and local governments nationwide, we work to accomplish the following research activities:

Identifying Current Local Government Practices

ICMA identifies concerns of immediate importance to local governments and conducts surveys to provide useful data, information, and expert analysis to local decision makers, while maintaining an extensive database representing all cities, towns, townships, villages, and boroughs with populations of 2,500 or greater; and all counties. Our survey data are sought by media and mined by academicians. Here are two recent examples of surveys produced with partners:

Browse our aggregate survey results and/or our datasets.

Providing Resident and Employee Surveys for Local Governments 

ICMA partners with National Research Center, Inc. (NRC), as our preferred provider for resident and employee surveys. NRC offers the National Citizen Survey, a cost-effective citizen survey service for local governments, the National Employee Survey, a comprehensive survey of employees that covers 10 dimensions of the employee experience, and the Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults, a unique scientific survey of older adults’ perceptions about their communities and future needs.

Visit the NRC Website

Developing Case Studies and Other Resources

ICMA collaborates with partners in the development of case studies that highlight successful local government practices and strategies and can serve as roadmaps for others. Partners include subject-matter experts and organizations whose research interests intersect with those of ICMA. Examples include:

  • Arizona State University
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Cornell University
  • Esri
  • Institute for Building Technology and Safety
  • Michigan State University
  • Smart Cities Council
  • SAS
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County

Products of research collaborations include the following:

To explore potential research partnerships, contact Tad McGalliard (tmcgalliard@icma.org).

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