From the semi-finalist communities that appear on the Smart 21 list in the autumn, ICF selects a smaller group of honorees to be its Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year.
How They Are Chosen
ICF uses a rigorous analytic method to select the T7. Each Smart21 Community is invited to complete a detailed questionnaire based on ICF’s Intelligent Community Indicators as well as an annual theme. (See the Nominating Criteria page for details.) An international academic team of Analysts reviews the questionnaires, scores each one on dozens of factors, and produces a quantitative ranking of the candidates. The seven highest ranking candidates become ICF’s Top7 Intelligent Communities.