CUTGroup Detroit

CUTGroup Detroit

The Civic User Testing Group (CUTGroup) is a community of residents who get paid to test civic websites and apps.


CUTGroup Detroit is a new initiative established by the City of Detroit, Data Driven Detroit (D3), and Microsoft-Chicago in efforts to improve civic apps/websites and to promote civic engagement. Working in conjunction with, Smart Chicago, the trio has strategized and implemented methods to create the cities first civic user testing group that will lead to better applications for the community.

Microsoft’s Technology & Civic Engagement team brings Microsoft’s best assets to bear to help civic leaders -- and the communities they serve – use technology and cutting edge ideas to solve their biggest challenges. With deep technical and policy expertise, the team is committed to building long-term partnerships in local communities and leveraging technology to make an impact on critical civic issues in Detroit, such as computer science and STEM education, developing tools for greater citizen engagement, the effective use of big data, and privacy.

The Civic User Testing Group is a project of the Smart Chicago Collaborative, a civic organization devoted to using technology to make lives better in Chicago. Smart Chicago supports CUTGroup Detroit through the CUTGroup Collective, their effort to convene and strengthen organizations and institutions in cities to help establish new CUTGroups, and create a new community to share and learn from one another.” The project is supported by a Knight Community Information Challenge grant provided jointly by the Knight Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust as part of the Civic Innovation in Chicago project. Additional funding is provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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If you are interested in learning more about the CUTGroup see Smart Chicago’s project page or their CUTGroup book.


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