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Trailblazing open government through cross-sector collaboration, design, and technology.

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Our Work

Whether your team is looking to build a new tech product, hire new talent, or integrate design thinking into your process, COIL has a program that can help you do it.

Happening Now

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The Opportunity Project →

Build digital tools and bridge communities with federal open data.
Product Development Facilitation Community Engagement

TOP brings together community advocates, technology specialists, and federal data stewards to our nation’s toughest challenges. Over twelve weeks, stakeholders from these three groups form teams, create digital products, and demo them to the public with COIL’s facilitation.

TOP Prize Challenge →

Create impact that can scale.

Every year, we run The Opportunity Project Prize Challenge to encourage the best teams from TOP to keep going. In 2019, we awarded $100,000 in funding to TOP participants. Learn more about how to apply for the grand prize challenge in 2021 or contact us to run your own prize challenge.

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Enterprise Innovation Efforts

Learn how innovation can scale at federal agencies.
Facilitation Experience Design Talent Building

From Data Science Trainings to large-scale culture change, our team has experience analyzing complex systems and working to transform the federal workforce.

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Civic Digital Fellowship →

Hire the next generation of technologists.
Product Development Talent Building

The CDF program empowers computer science, data science, and design students to create social good by breaking down the barriers to entry in social impact spaces. We coordinate with federal agencies to bring this new talent to your team.

Our Products and Toolkits

Creative Toolkits

We've created multiple guides to help organizers localize messaging and speak directly to their communities.

Creatives for the Count →

Community Outreach Toolkit (PDF) ↓

Data Curation Hub →

We work with federal data stewards to collect high quality datasets based around national challenges. Tech teams then use the Hub to find and use this data in their TOP projects.

Design-Thinking Toolkit (PDF) ↓

Design thinking in a box! This toolkit was used by national and local stakeholders to identify critical areas of focus for the 2020 Census to develop ideas, strategies, and partnerships in those areas.

TOPx Toolkit →

TOPx allows federal agencies to utilize the TOP model and resources on their own. This toolkit helps agencies identify priorities that require data & technology innovation, recruit cross-sector participants, and facilitate a technology development sprint.

Product Development Toolkit →

For technology teams looking to bring TOP home with them, this toolkit captures the user-centered processes from our sprints so companies can leverage federal open data and community involvement on their own timeline.

Other Initiatives

Census Accelerate →

Facilitation Experience Strategy Community Engagement

We mobilized the creative community and partnered with influential stars to spread awareness about the importance of the 2020 Census and combat mis- and dis-information.

Human-Centered Design Training

Facilitation Experience Strategy Talent Building

We teach human-centered design fundamentals such as user research, ideation and prototyping to leaders at the U.S. Census Bureau to introduce new problem solving and collaboration methods and opportunities.

Census Solutions Workshops →

Facilitation Experience Strategy Talent Building Community Engagement

To help the Census Bureau solve their toughest challenges (such as reaching hard-to-count populations), we led a series of workshops to help focus on the needs of the real people they are engaging.

Work With Us

If you’re interested in participating in TOP, please fill out this interest form.

If you want to get started modernizing your agency or organization, send us an email at census.openinnovationlabs@census.gov.

We’ll help you

  • Build a digital product.
  • Run a prize challenge.
  • Learn how to build programs that can scale.
  • Advance a culture of innovation.

Meet the Team

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Alessandra Hartkopf


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Dominica Zhu


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Dorcas Lin


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Drew Zachary


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Erica Liepmann


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Haley Ashcom Miller


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Sadie Jay


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Vanessa Yip


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Victoria Fine