The Voice of the People Awards (VoP) are the only awards given in local government based on the opinion of community residents and are conferred jointly by NRC and ICMA to communities that embody the spirit of The National Citizen Survey™ (The NCS™) and display commitment to best practices in moving their communities forward.
Communities that have administered The National Citizen Survey in a given calendar year are eligible to participate in the VoP awards.
The Voice of the People Awards are given for Excellence and Transformation in each “facet” of community livability as measured by The NCS. The facets of community livability were distilled from our synthesis of research on livability and include: Safety, Mobility, the Natural Environment, the Built Environment, the Economy, Recreation and Wellness, Education and Enrichment and Community Engagement. These facets reinforce the Foundations of Livability, which make a community a place where people want to live.
The awards for Excellence recognize communities that received the highest marks from residents in the previous year and are at the top of the cohort of The NCS participants. The awards for Transformation recognize communities that have seen significant increase in favorable ratings in resident responses over repeated administrations of The NCS. Awards are presented at the annual ICMA Conference.
Winning a Voice of the People Award brings positive publicity and recognition on a national scale, as well as the opportunity to join an elite community of winners sharing best practices and serving as a model for communities around the world.