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Diversity Dashboard

About & Explore

The ELGL Diversity Dashboard is the first ever national data collection on the gender, race, age, and veteran status of local government employees. In 2018 & 2019, the survey collected this information for chief administrative officers and assistant chief administrative officers. In 2020, we expanded the survey to include all local government employees.

Access results to learn about local government leadership diversity in your state.

The Diversity Dashboard is a program of ELGL & CivicPulse.

Check out the latest findings for 2020, with our partners at Civic Pulse.

Latest Findings on The Gender Gap in Local Government

How It Works

ELGL distributes a demographics survey to all local governments in the United States and Canada. Local governments do not need to be members of ELGL to complete the survey. The survey is electronic via PublicInput.

Data is compiled and shared without names and contact information into an online report.(The 2019 data and report can be seen here.)

What are you going to do with the data?

Data will be uploaded in real time to the results page and used to create a dashboard launched in January 2021. All data is anonymized and does not reflect specific names or titles, but does report at the local government level - i.e., you’ll be able to look up your town or city, and see what their specific demographic representation looks like. 

How long does the survey take?

Most respondents say it takes about five minutes.

We have a mayor and a clerk. I’m a library employee. I’m an analyst.  – should we take the survey?

We are collecting data on all forms and types of local governments. We know that leaders in local government are working in different organizations and there’s no one way to define a “leader.” Please choose the level of employment that most closely matches your own. 

We’re not a member of ELGL - should we take the survey? 

Local governments do not need to be members of ELGL to complete the survey. However, your support means that we can continue important work like this - and you can join for only $50 per year, less than the price of a cup of coffee per month. 

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