The Right Mobile Application Can Boost Civic Engagement
Efficient government and public sector entities now run on information. For some, that may require a custom mobile application designed to address the specific information gathering and communication needs of the organization and its constituents.
Your municipal website is a digital front door, through which your constituents can find answers to questions, obtain information and interact with you just as they would in the real world:
- Permit applications
- Paying fines
- Answers to questions
- Location information
- Construction and building codes
- Tax incentives
A mobile app should serve the same purpose. And while visitors are able to access resources, your app can be gathering valuable data on what they are seeking and what is on their minds – data that will help you to serve them better.
Not All Municipal Websites Need A Custom Application
There are a number of proven, quality applications available that can be utilized or adapted to serve your school or municipality.
At 360Civic our primary goal is not the development of technology for technology’s sake. If solutions to your needs already exist we’ll review and compare them with you to determine which is best for your requirements.
However, what you need may not be readily available. A school district, for instance, may wish to provide customized information for students and parents of each school within the district, such as:
- Weather-related closure updates
- Sports and academic calendars
- Club and organization information
And a municipal site may need an app that handles permitting, business licenses and information requests in a way that is both efficient and secure. In such cases, what does not exist can be built. Our experience in this area means you’re not starting from scratch – we’ve done this before, and will be able to strategize with you on achieving your goals.
Ease of Use and Adaptability
When we work with a client to design an application, our first question is always the same – what does it need to accomplish? You know what you need – we know the optimal way to get there.
There are a wide range of benefits associated with mobile apps, from simple publication of calendars and documents to dissemination of emergency announcements.
Once the function is established, the objective becomes creating an app that not only fulfills its purpose, but also does so in a way that is easy to use for your personnel.
Our apps employ basic point-and-click administration, and can be managed from within a CMS.
Free Updates From 360Civic
All apps, even the best ones, will have to be updated at some point. 360Civic will handle any error updates to any apps we create at no additional cost.
School Days Mobile Application
Expanding Communication For School District Websites
At schools and school districts, every day contains meetings, special events, and new information that must be shared with teachers, students and parents.
School district websites provide a hub for this important communication. The 360Civic School Days Mobile App streamlines the process, making it easier for anyone connected to your district to access the information they need, when they need it.
Our iOS and Android-based app works both online and offline, and provides functionality that is specific to the needs of school districts, including:
- Calendaring: Parents can subscribe to notifications for district-based and school-based events; Administrators can identify which categories at the district and/or school level are mandatory and which are optional for parents to receive notifications
- The ability to receive any documents, blogs, articles, forms, videos and PDFs published through the website
- Automatic parental notifications; optional integration with the district's messaging capabilities
- An optional children’s version for homework and assignment information
The app can be created as a standalone product, or can be incorporated into any school district website designed and/or developed by 360Civic.
Maintenance programs are available to provide fixes, training/support and future enhancements.