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The UCLG Digital Cities Community of Practice seeks to promote the development of a common vision and dynamics among local governments in favour of an inclusive Information Society that favours the reduction of the digital divide and the use of new technologies as a lever for the development of sustainable and competitive cities.

Its main objective is to update the “Smart Cities Study” every 2-3 years. This study takes a global and transversal approach to the different levers where the potential for growth and transformation of a city resides.

So far, 3 editions of the Study have been published:

2012: The 6 axes that were initially defined to guide the development of the Smart City were addressed in a generic way.

2017: Specific factors were addressed, linked to the “Economy” and “Citizenship”.

2019: Focus on “Governance” axis.

Now is time for a new edition of the study, which will focus on the resilience of cities, and, especially, on analysing how the COVID-19 pandemic has induced cities to adopt “Smart” measures to fight the negative effects that the pandemic has generated and that have contributed to the improvement of their resilience.

In this study we start from the hypothesis that the degree of digital transformation of cities has been essential when it comes to increasing their capacity to act against the crisis that the pandemic has generated in all areas of local governance.

The study aims to understand the pre-pandemic situation of cities, identifying their level of digitization and the “Smart” resources and tools they had. Next, it aims to analyse what impact the pandemic had on the different areas of local governance and what new “Smart” measures or tools were used to combat the negative consequences that were generated. Finally, the study aims to determine to what extent these types of actions have served to increase the resilience of cities, and to assess the usefulness of the new measures and tools for combating future crises.

We would be grateful if interested cities could contribute to the development of this study by completing this questionnaire. The questionnaire has 3 main blocks of questions:

  • Starting situation
  • COVID-19 impact and adaptation to the new reality in various relevant areas of local governance affected by the new reality.
  • New Situation after COVID-19: Lessons Learned

Lastly, the study incorporates a section where those actions considered best practices can be shared, in order to analyse and select in depth practices of special relevance worldwide and publish them in the study as reference examples.

Should you have any problem accessing the online version of the Survey you can download it in Word format here and send it to info@uclg-digitalcities.org