The CivicLex Prototype



Fall 2016 - Fall 2017

CivicLex launched its prototype platform in September 2017, but the seed of the platform started all the way back in late 2016 with our application for the Knight Cities Challenge. CivicLex was a finalist in that competition - but not a winner.

After finding this out, the CivicLex Team decided to build our own Prototype anyways. From what started as simple grey sketches, CivicLex built out a fully-functioning prototype platform on Squarespace. During its live time, it attracted well over 1,000 unique visitors and a monthly reach of 300.

To build out the full platform, CivicLex released a public RFP, and awarded the contract to Meadowbright - the result is the CivicLex Information Hub.


Impact & Statistics:

  • People Directly Reached: 1,603

  • People Reached In-Person: N/A

  • Government Workers Reached: 31

  • Facilitated Communal Conversations: N/A

Outcomes & Conclusions:

  • CivicLex’s various prototype iterations allowed us to build out a fully-formed product knowing exactly what we needed.

  • This allowed us to save money in the development process by thinking through our editorial process and platform needs in advance of releasing the RFP.

  • CivicLex could have done a better job communicating that the prototype was a prototype. Many early users misunderstood its purpose.