Become a CID Partner Community

Citizen Interaction Design (CID) is a partnership between local governments and University of Michigan student teams to develop information tools that revolutionize citizen engagement. CID is now seeking new community partners throughout Michigan. 

A partnership with CID is mutually beneficial, term-limited and can be facilitated in various formats.

 A CID partnership allows Michigan communities to: 

  • Increase productive citizen participation in decision-making
  • Support citizen contributions to community goals
  • Improve communication of government initiatives and services
  • Implement information tools in a sustainable way 
  • Develop strategies for governing in the information age

Past projects include:

  • Rat Chat: From extensive user research and mapping government processes, our students created a simple texting tool for reporting rat activity that feeds data directly into the workflow of city inspectors. It also provides feedback and prevention information to those reporting.
  • Open Data Policy: CID students led the adoption of the first open data ordinance in the State of Michigan and created the framework of related policies and procedures, including the implementation of an open data portal in Jackson. Now they are working with the Ferndale Police Department to develop and implement similar systems.
  • Living History:  Working with the Jackson Historic District Commission, students created information tools that better engaged citizens in the identification of historic homes and in the home renovation process
  • Distressed Property Report:  CID students created a publicly accessible database and online mapping tool that showed the status of blighted and condemned properties in City of Jackson.  The tool helps describes  the justification for condemnation, and explains steps and potential results of these administrative processes This is a tool that could work with data from your community, too.

See a full list of student projects at

Contact to learn how your community can become a CID partner or implement one of our information tools.