We were excited to announce the formation of Cleveland’s Civic User Testing Group, also known as CUTgroup, last fall.

Now we’re thrilled to host the first opportunity for people to test out an app as part of the group.


UnBail is an app being developed to guide defendants and their loved ones through the criminal justice system. The app will be a simple, interactive way to guide defendants through their pre-trial hearings so they know what to expect. It will include court date notifications and other helpful tips for defendants. The app will gather feedback from users about the criminal justice system, and connect defendants to resources that will aid them in navigating the system.

The primary audience for the app is defendants in both municipal and county court systems facing felony or misdemeanors charges. The secondary audience for this app is family members and friends of a defendant who is being held in jail while awaiting trial.

We are looking for people who are part of those audiences. Do you have a case currently before a court? Do you have a loved one who is currently or has been incarcerated? Or are you someone who has been formerly incarcerated?

Join the unBail testing group

If so, please click here to let us know you would like to join the unBail testing group. For your participation, you would receive a $25 cash payment. We are selecting 20-25 testers for the group, and will be in touch soon with more details if you fill out the link.

This is an exciting opportunity to learn about technology and help shape the way it impacts our lives.

CUTgroup is in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation, Microsoft and City Tech Collaborative.

Below are some frequently asked questions about CUTgroup.

Those who are interested in participating in CUTgroup can sign up by clicking the “Join CUTgroup” button below.

What is CUTgroup?

Apps, websites, and software are more successful when they’re built in partnership with the people who use them. CUTgroup is a civic engagement program that includes residents throughout the technology design process. CUTgroup gives you a voice in the technology that impacts your community.

What type of people are you looking for in CUTgroup?

CUTgroup is seeking any Greater Cleveland resident who is interested in the intersection of technology and civic life. We’re looking for people with all levels of comfort using technology and the internet.

What will I be doing?

If you opt-in, you will be entered into a pool of people who will be called on to test new apps, software, or websites. There may be additional opportunities to participate in the technology space.

Can you provide an example?

When the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) wanted to create a smartphone app, they used CUTgroup to engage residents to see if the app would be accessible and usable for them. The residents helped identify issues with the app before it was launched publicly. Today, that app has been downloaded over 2 million times.

What is my commitment as a CUTgroup member?

It’s your choice how you want to participate and how often. When there is an opportunity, we will reach out to you with details, the time commitment, and any testing requirements. If you are interested in the opportunity, you can let us know and we will confirm that you are signed up. You are not required to participate just because you are a CUTgroup member.

My time is valuable! Will I be compensated?

We agree, your time is valuable! Yes, individuals who participate will be compensated for their time.

How do I join?

Click the below “Join CUTgroup” button to sign up.


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