Code for America Partnership
In 2015, the City of Boulder teamed with Code for America to encourage and empower Boulder community members to take a more active role in their local government.
This initiative harnessed the entrepreneurial spirit of the Boulder community to develop new approaches and tools that support more inclusive, transparent, collaborative, and interactive community engagement.
City Initiative to Reenergize and Broaden Community Engagement for Housing Boulder With the Help of Code for America
The seven-month project began in January 2015 and provided a variety of ways for community members, particularly underrepresented groups/individuals, to work cooperatively together to address important issues. Meetings with community stakeholders, testing various technology tools, multiple survey methods, and a revised Housing Boulder website were key strategies. While the partnership focused on creating additional channels for inclusive, transparent and interactive participation (physical and virtual) around the Housing Boulder project, the goal was to create a repeatable approach for other city projects as well as in other communities nationwide.
The Code for America final report provides an overview of the project approach and recommendations to the City of Boulder on topics including “Expanding Reach,” “Providing Relevant and Useable Information,” “Using New Channels Effectively,” and “Creating Useful Feedback Loops.”
Code for America
Code for America is a national nonprofit that specializes in reinventing the ways that community members collaborate and interact with government and each other. In collaboration with communities, companies, and government, Code for America builds open sources technology and organizes a network of people dedicated to making government services simple, effective, and easy to use.
During the past five years, Code for America has partnered with 38 local governments and 126 fellows who have produced more than 65 web applications. There are now more than 40,000 volunteer in Code for America Brigades in 120 cities and 22 countries who have built more than 200 prototypes with and for municipal partners. Code for America is now going deeper with some of these in projects in three focus areas: health and human services, safety and justice, and economic development. Learn more about Code for America's strategy for civic engagement.
Crafting Civic Tech: The Housing Edition
This video is a segment from the February 27, 2015 episode of Inside Boulder. For more Inside Boulder visit BoulderChannel8.com