The American Rescue Plan Act Survey (ARPA)
Customizable templates for outreach and engagement!
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How many ways are there to say “please take our survey”? Turns out — a lot! We’ve created these templates to help you promote your city’s version of The American Rescue Plan Act Survey (ARPA) open participation survey online. These suggested posts are optimized for platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor. We recommend posting a different message each week your survey is open. Simply fill in the blanks to personalize the text for your community or organization, then copy and paste into your social media platform. To help increase your reach, encourage staff, council members, community partners and local news outlets to “like” and “share” your social media posts about the survey. Pro Tip: Social media posts that have colorful images get more clicks than posts that don’t. Feel free to choose an illustration provided by Polco here, or use your own. Pictures of your community (like skylines or popular downtown areas) are great! You can even tag partners in pictures to remind t
CITY OF ABC ADOPTS NEW PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT PLATFORMDIVERSIFYING ENGAGEMENT THROUGH TECHNOLOGY City of ABC, [ST], [Date] – The City of ABC is excited to announce the launch of Polco (www.polco.us), an innovative online engagement platform that lets community members provide direct input to the community’s decision-making process. By using Polco, the [municipality type] is making public participation easier for residents. Community officials will post questions directly to residents on Polco’s app and website, where residents answer and comment on the questions. The City of ABC will soon be asking residents for their input on how to best allocate funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. Specifically, the City wants to know what residents think about [specific question]. [Quote from City official about how Polco is a good tool to use for the project.] The City will be asking for further input on [other projects that the municipality will be asking for input on] on Polco in the coming week
Dear Resident, We think your input is critical to good government and are excited to introduce a new and easy way for you to provide your opinions on specific topics to the City of XYZ. Your feedback will help us be sure that our policies and programs align with our residents’ values. We just posted The American Rescue Plan Act and how to best allocate the provided funds within the city of ABC on Polco that you can answer here: polco.us/[shorturl]. It will take only a few minutes. Polco will help us efficiently manage responses from you and your neighbors across the City as we reach out via email, social media and other channels. Once you have answered the question, you will be asked to provide your ZIP code to confirm where you live. This allows us to be sure we are hearing from each person only once and to know which general area of the city they live in. Your response will remain anonymous to the City, and your information will be securely stored on Polco. In addition, we hope you
ARPA Blog Template: Share a Survey on Your City or Organization's WebsiteYour organization’s website is the home base for information, an outreach channel, and a resource for residents as well as staff and officials. The purpose of this Polco Connect article is to provide a template for an announcement explaining why your city chose Polco, what you want to achieve with it, and why the survey is important to your community/jurisdiction. It will answer questions such as: Why is it valuable? How will feedback be used? How is data protected? How do you access Polco? Along with the announcement template, within Polco you can create a(n) FAQ — otherwise known as Frequently Asked Questions — page. It’s here on this page you can: Add informational areas to spell out smaller details Create a home for repeated questions asked by residents Allow for the page to become a point of reference for any questions residents may have With this FAQ Page, you’re able t
CITY OF ABC Adopts New Public Engagement PlatformLocal government diversifies engagement through technology DIVERSIFYING ENGAGEMENT THROUGH TECHNOLOGY: DEVELOPING ARPA STRATEGY City of ABC, [ST], [Date] – The City of ABC is excited to announce the launch of Polco (www.polco.us), an innovative online engagement platform that lets community members provide direct input to the local government decision-making process. Officials will post questions directly to residents on Polco’s app and website, where participants answer and comment on the issues. Polco makes public participation easier for residents to get involved, so more voices are heard. The City of ABC wants the public’s insight on the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, also called the COVID-19 Stimulus Package. Specifically, the City wants to know where residents think ARPA funds will make the most impact. [add specifics here as needed]. [Quote from City official about how Polco is a good tool to use for the project.] Ex: “This
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