The data for ICF’s research program comes from a continuing study of communities around the world through out Intelligent Community Awards Program. Communities benefit in three ways from submitting a nomination form for participation in the Awards Program:
- They receive a free written report that compares their performance to ICF’s global data set in the areas of broadband infrastructure, the knowledge economy, innovation, digital equality, sustainability and advocacy for positive change. ICF has made a sample report available, which can be downloaded by clicking on the image to the right.
- They are automatically entered into the Intelligent Community Awards Program and consideration for the Smart21 Communities of the Year.
- They are eligible to appear in ICF's annual World's 100 Most Intelligent Communities list.
The goal of the program is to provide communities everywhere – large and small, urban and rural – with evidence-based guidance on becoming an Intelligent Community, and an objective method for measuring their progress. ICF accepts nominations throughout the year and communities may complete and submit a nominations form at any time.
There are two forms to fill out to nominate your community. First:
Download and complete the nominations form, which you may complete and return by email. It consists of multiple-choice and short-answer questions, plus questions asking for a more extended description of your community’s programs. Including information gathering and filling out the form, the questionnaire requires about 2 hours to complete. Note: If you have submitted a nomination for the 2017 Awards Program or more recently, you may work off that form and update the file with any new information.
Download and complete the theme addendum form. This form only contains three questions focused on the 2018 theme, Humanizing Data, and requires about a half hour to complete.
To be considered for the 2018 Awards Cycle, submit both forms to ICF by September 13, 2017.
ICF analyzes your completed questionnaire using a mix of quantitative measures developed over years of experience with Intelligent Communities, and independent evaluation of your community’s programs by an international team of academic analysts.
Not ready to submit a nominations form? You can:
From its growing data set, ICF publishes regular research reports offering insights into the key characteristics of Intelligent Communities, from broadband adoption and lifelong learning to innovation and digital equality programs. These reports help shape national and regional policies on urban and rural development, as well as validating the efforts of community leaders to build a better future.