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 two 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.
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.
Download 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. In order to be considered for the 2017 Awards Cycle, nominations must be submitted to ICF by 11:59pm EST on September 23, 2016.
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? Take our 5-minute Community Self-test for a first look at your community's intelligence.
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.