At Polco, we care about giving public servants the tools they need make good decisions for their communities with help from numbers and data. But each year, we spark up our right brains and write odes to surveys, an art and science near and dear to our hearts.
Winter survey poetry started in 2016 and is now a Polco tradition. This year we baked up a fresh batch of poems—hot out the oven!—for you to enjoy this holiday season.
The Magic of Surveys By Alissa Punwar
The magic of surveys The back and forth Ask and answer Feedback and action Curiosity driving the process The voice of the people coming to life Collective knowledge Bringing about change The magic of surveys
Civic Data Boundless as Stars By Angelica Wedell
Civic data boundless as stars Millions of thoughts light the night All our perspectives, yours and ours A brilliant display of insight.
Change comes and change goes What comes next, no one knows But in cities and towns - all sorts of metros We can track the highs and lows.
Now is the era, the place, the age For all of us, we must engage Our residents, our businesses, our families, our friends Engage our communities for the very best ends.
What You Know By Jessie O’Brien
People point fingers, social media is full of sound When the data shows most are middle ground
The beauty of numbers is they reveal How the majority of people feel
While under-heard groups and opposing opinions Can bring fresh ideas and inspire creative action
So you alone may think you know But it's not what the survey shows
The truth is we work better together And that is why every voice matters