Call for Evaluations of Open Government Plans

[Originally posted on Harvard’s Program on Networked Governance blog]

The Whitehouse’s Open Government team has posted the Open Government plans of all federal agencies and departments with a pre-evaluation scheme on their website and calls academics to adopt one of the plans, review it and submit evaluations. The goal is to provide agencies with feedback that will lead to improvement and revisions in future iterations and the implementation of the plans.

Beth Noveck, United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and Director of the White House Open Government Initiative (OSTP), writes on the Whitehouse blog:

The plans are chock full of examples of concrete efforts — not lip service — to making open government happen in practice and creating genuine opportunity for meaningful and practical civic engagement. […] So please dig in! Adopt a plan. Read it. And tell us how we can do things better. In the process, we hope to reinvigorate a shared sense of civic virtue born out of a common love for this democracy.

I am collecting the responses and feedback of interested academics and will provide the final product with correct attribution to each author in a white paper format to OSTP. As an example: I decided to go through all 29 plans and focus only on the collaboration parts. Others might want to adopt one plan and analyze the whole plan based on the agency’s mission.

Please feel free to contact me by email to coordinate our efforts. The deadline for submissions to me is May 15, 2010.

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About Ines Mergel

I am Full Professor of Public Administration at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at University of Konstanz, Germany. Previously, I served as Assistant and then Associate Professor (with tenure) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, NY. In my research, I focus on informal social networks in the public sector and the adoption and diffusion of digital service innovations in government organizations. I teach classes on social media management, digital government, public management, and social network analysis.

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