DIY: 21st Century Government

For government to truly work for everyone, it must be good at digital. How do we get there? It begins with understanding people's needs and ensuring everyone can participate. It starts small and continuously improves, using real-time data to inform decisions. And it's approached with the right team, who understand and can make informed technology decisions. Want to learn more? Check out these how-to's.

Build iteratively

Start small and continuously improve.

Learn about iterative development

Start with people’s needs

User centered design helps uncover true needs.

Learn about user centered design

Use real-time data to inform decisions

Use data to improve efficiency, effectiveness and responsiveness.

Learn about making data driven decisions

Default to open

Work in the open, proactively publish public data online, and collaborate with the community to help make services better for everyone.

Learn about open government

Ensure everyone can participate

Everyone should have a say about issues that affect them.

Learn about community engagement

Build the right team

In order to build modern digital services, we need people working in government who have experience doing just that.

Lean how to build the right team

Build or buy the right technology

Understand, direct, and control the critical technology needed for government to do its job well.

Learn about procurement

Borrow and steal for the greater good

Our government partners, fellows, volunteers, and staff are smart. And they’ve developed products and tools you might be able to use. Before you start from scratch, check out our Product and How-To Library.

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Indianapolis leads on opening police data with launch of Comport

Indianapolis uses Comport, an open data portal for police data, to be more transparent.

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Your people are at the Code for America Summit

Join 1,200 of the most talented civic tech leaders November 1 - 3 in Oakland, CA. Come with a passion for building 21st century government. Leave with the skills you need to do it.

Register for the 2016 Code for America Summit