GreyLit for Municipalities
GreyLit can help cities and municipalities make decisions better and faster, and become a leader in both policy and programming.
Most municipalities budget time and money to research, review and consult on a number of significant topics that are important to its citizens. For example, a local municipality plans to research and make decisions around
- Legalization of marijuana strategy
- Opioid misuse strategy
- Drug response strategy
- Strategy around sexualized violence
- Crime reduction strategy
- Succession planning
- Corporate/community energy initiatives
- Social media training
80 – 90% of frontline research never gets published. GreyLit aims to mobilize this information so it is easily searched, shared and reviewed.
In addition to mayoral department specific research, frontline information gathering will happen within the municipal departments like Housing, Planning and Police to name a few. Wouldn’t it be great if municipalities had a way to search across their departments for a specific policy or guideline? What if it was possible to peek over into the library of a sister municipality to see the research they used to make a decision you are facing in your own municipality? How much time and money could be saved if you had access to research the other municipalities used when making a decision to ban plastic bags?
What if you could peek into the library of a sister municipality to see the research they used to make a decision you are facing right now?
GreyLit turns research into action months or years sooner than traditional journal publishing.
While a great deal of resources are invested in research and development, only about 10 – 20 % of information is published in traditional academic channels, while the other 80 – 90% cannot be found easily or consistently. GreyLit aims to collect up to 80 – 90% of research and information that is produced on the front lines and outside academia and provides access to it for half of what a subscription to a journal would cost.
GreyLit’s mission is to make information accessible by mobilizing frontline information and research so it can be searched, shared and reviewed around the world. We turn research into action months or years sooner. GreyLit can help municipalities become leaders in the open access space and save time and money by accessing and sharing grey literature.