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Take a few minutes to assign grades to the State of California on timely issues.

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The California Report Card works on all screens.


As described in a recent SF Chronicle Op-Ed, “Let’s Amplify California’s Collective Intelligence” by Gavin Newsom and Ken Goldberg ( http://j.mp/Op-Ed-Cal-Rpt-Card ), thousands of Californians are using a new mobile technology to advise state leaders on timely issues.  Since the “California Report Card” launched in early February, over 11,000 participants from all 58 counties have assigned over 30,000 grades to the State of California and suggested issues for the next report card.  This feedback is being closely watched by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, who developed the platform with the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative at UC Berkeley.  The project is exploring how technology can engage the public by streamlining and structuring their communication with elected officials.

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom: “The California Report Card is a new way for me to keep an ear to the ground.  This new app/website makes it easy for Californians to assign grades suggest pressing issues that merit our attention.  In the first few weeks, participants conveyed that they approve of our rollout of Obamacare but are very concerned about the future of California schools and universities.  There was also statewide support for increased attention to Disaster Preparedness, so this has become one of my top priorities.”

The California Report Card encourages unmonitored input from a broad range of participants and combines peer-to-peer review with statistical models to identify and highlight the most constructive, insightful suggestions.  As a result the discussion is open but is not dominated by extreme viewpoints.

“This platform allows us to have our voices heard. The ability to review and grade what others suggest is important. It enables us and elected officials to hear directly how Californians feel.” – Matt Harris, Ione, CA

“Report cards motivate learning by providing quantitative feedback on strengths and weaknesses.  Similarly, the California Report Card has potential to motivate Californians and their leaders to learn from each other about timely issues.  The patterns of participation and how they vary over time and across geography will help us design future platforms.” – Prof. Ken Goldberg, UC Berkeley.

It takes only two minutes to participate and works on all screens (best on mobile phones held vertically), just click “Participate”:


The project website includes details on the issues being graded, statistical significance, related projects, FAQ, contact info and data to date.



Ken Goldberg
Professor, UC Berkeley
Cellphone: 415-722-5649