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The California Report Card

  • United States
  • A project by the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative at UC Berkeley and the Office of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom
The CRC is an online platform developed by the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative at UC Berkeley and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom that explores how smartphones and networks can enhance communication between the public and government leaders. The CRC allows visitors to grade issues facing California and to suggest issues for future report cards. The project aims to increase public engagement and to help leaders at all levels stay informed about the changing opinions and priorit


Anyone can participate by taking a few minutes to assign grades to the State of California on issues such as: Healthcare, Education, Marriage Equality, Immigrant Rights, and Marijuana Decriminalization. Participants are also invited to enter an online “cafe” to propose issues that they’d like to see included in the next report card (version 2.0 will come out later this Spring).

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and UC Berkeley Professor Ken Goldberg will review the data and lessons learned from version 1.0 in a public forum at UC Berkeley on 20 March 2014 that will include participants who actively contribute to identifying the most important issues for version 2.0.

The California Report Card (CRC) aims to increase communication between elected officials and the public. The CRC differs from randomized telephone polls and surveys in that participation is self-selective and accessible so far only to English speakers with access to a smart phone or web browser.

By clicking “Skip” on any issue, participants can decline to grade issues for which they do not feel suitably informed or willing to grade. After entering each grade, participants see the Average Grade based on input from all previous participants. This is intended to provide rapid feedback to each participant on the data collected thusfar.