This report and visualization applies Movement Measurement techniques to the civic tech space. This includes collecting, collating, and analyzing publicly accessible data about civic tech’s digital footprint in order to
1. understand what’s being discussed, written about, searched for, shared, and created online, as well as
2. see what’s happening offline in cities and communities across the nation using online breadcrumbs that reveal a user’s website navigation.
The reason for using Movement Measurement to analyze civic tech is to understand to what extent the space acts as a 21st-century social movement, and how thinking of it in that way can help inform the creation of effective, responsive products, projects, and policies. To that end, this report incorporates a “movement test,” the results of which can identify strategic opportunities for the sector as a whole; an examination of influence in the sector to inform individual actors’ understanding of what drives activity; and a look at emerging trends to which future initiatives might plausibly respond.
Version 1.1: Incorporates 7 Meetup groups (under 1%) omitted due to a defect in the ingestion process.