Monthly Archives: February 2010

25 02, 2010

Fourth International Conference on Online Deliberation: June 30 – July 2, 2010 in Leeds, UK

By | February 25th, 2010|Events|3 Comments

From the website: 30 June – 2 July, 2010 Leeds University Business School, UK The widespread diffusion of the Internet and a growing trend towards democratisation worldwide have encouraged new modes, projects and visions of citizen participation in decision making and governance. OD2010 aims to bring together researchers, developers and practitioners from a wide range [...]

24 02, 2010

OpenGov Forum Metrics: Adoption Graph Week 3

By | February 24th, 2010|Metrics, Research|1 Comment

As promised, I've been tracking the numbers from the ongoing Open Government discussions on a daily basis (follow the thread on GovLoop for details). We're now almost three weeks into this initiative. Here's a chart that shows how the numbers have developed since February 9 (a few days after launch): Ideas: 993 Comments: 2,314 Votes: [...]

21 02, 2010

Involve Looking for Participation Case Studies

By | February 21st, 2010|Public Participation, Radar, Research, ROI|2 Comments

Via the Public Decisions blog (co-organizer of the Including the Excluded online conference we'll be attending), I just found out about a new research effort by Involve, a UK-based not-for-profit offering public participation consulting and services: Quantifying the Value of Engagement: A call for case studies Dear Colleague, Involve are embarking on an ambitious project with [...]

19 02, 2010

New EPA Rulemaking Gateway: Building a Public Participation Calendar

By | February 19th, 2010|Uncategorized|1 Comment

For some time, I've been suggesting the creation of a national public participation calendar and project directory as a key component of the Open Government Directive: May 2009: Open Government Dialogue: “Create an Open Government Project Directory and Knowledge Base” January 2010: Open Government Needs Public Participation Calendars Based on this post on NextGov, it looks like [...]

18 02, 2010

Including the Excluded, March 2-4, 2010

By | February 18th, 2010|Events|1 Comment

Following some peer recommendations (here, here), I just signed up for Including the Excluded - The 2010 Stakeholder Engagement Online Conference, March 2-4, 2010: About This Conference Conference Theme: Equity, Accessibility and Social Inclusion Effectively engaging diverse people or groups can be challenging; what works well for the majority may not work as well for some [...]

15 02, 2010

OpenGov Tracker

By | February 15th, 2010|Metrics, Radar|1 Comment

A few days ago, a new site was launched that helps track activity across the 23 federal agencies that are using IdeaScale for their consultations on Open Government: OpenGov Tracker This webpage makes use of the IdeaScale API to aggregate data for all agencies which are making use of that platform. USDA and Health and [...]

9 02, 2010

Los Angeles Budget Challenge: Feedback from the Mayor’s Office

By | February 9th, 2010|Participatory Budgeting|1 Comment

A number of people commented on last month's post about the Los Angeles Budget Challenge (both online and offline), and most seemed to share my concerns regarding the survey design. Shortly after publishing the post, I reached out to the City of Los Angeles via the email address given on the site. I figured many readers might [...]

9 02, 2010

Share Your OpenGov Forum Tracking Data on GovLoop

By | February 9th, 2010|E-participation, Research|3 Comments

Following up on my list of ten things to monitor, I've started a thread on GovLoop: Monitoring and continuous evaluation of OpenGov forums Here's my initial post: As part of my ongoing efforts to monitor the various feedback channels that have been launched as part of the Open Government Directive, I'll be tracking some basic [...]

8 02, 2010

No Better Time Conference Report Available

By | February 8th, 2010|Events|2 Comments

The report from last year's No Better Time conference is now available: No Better Time: A 2010 Report on Opportunities and Challenges for Deliberative Democracy (PDF, 1.1 MB) Executive summary In July 2009, more than 250 campus and community leaders came together at the University of New Hampshire to talk about the “deliberative democracy” field, [...]

7 02, 2010

Ten Things to Monitor As Agencies Invite Input On Open Government Plans

By | February 7th, 2010|E-participation, Public Participation, Research|13 Comments

Now that a whole lot of websites are live and many agencies have indeed set up a "mechanism for the public to [...] [p]rovide input on the agency’s Open Government Plan" it's time to figure out what to watch out for over the coming weeks and months in order to evaluate the success of these initiatives. As [...]