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Four Approaches to Crowdsourcing

Monday, August 19th, 2013 - 10:05
Monday, August 19, 2013 - 10:01
Gavin Newscom is California’s lieutenant governor, and was formerly the mayor of San Francisco.  He is a huge advocate of the use of technology to engage citizens, which he describes in his book, Citizenville.  But advocates of greater citizen engagement extend beyond political leaders to many frontline government executives at all levels – federal, state, and local.  

Using Crowdsourcing In Government

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 - 10:37
The growing interest in “engaging the crowd” to identify or develop innovative solutions to public problems has been inspired by similar efforts in the commercial world.  There, crowdsourcing has been successfully used to design innovative consumer products or solve complex scientific problems, ranging from custom-designed T-shirts to mapping genetic DNA strands. 

Throwing Rocks and Birds

Thursday, August 8th, 2013 - 14:36
Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 14:27
In 2002, British academic Jake Chapman wrote a paper for Demos, a UK think tank, entitled: “System Failure:  Why Governments Must Learn to Think Differently.” It is based on his experiences in working with large government challenges, especially in the energy and health care sectors.  In his paper, he contrasts the traditional, linear approach to problem-solving with a more holistic, systemic approach.  He says it is like the difference between throwing a rock and a live bir

Beyond Citizen Engagement: Involving the Public in Co-Delivering Government Services

Friday, July 12th, 2013 - 18:34
But engagement for engagement’s sake has not been an end goal. Trends in both the public and private sector, in the U.S. and around the world, have leveraged new technologies available to create meaningful dialogue and relationships between citizens and their government. Today there is an opportunity to go beyond traditional forms of citizen participation such as voting and testifying at public hearings.

Transforming the National Archives: A Conversation with David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 - 23:51
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 22:10
The National Archives is more than just the nation's record keeper and protector of records. It is the steward of the American story that preserves the past to protect the future. The records it holds are the original sources of that story, documenting the collective history of our nation through the actions of individuals and institutions.

Bridging the Gap

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 - 11:31
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 10:11
I’ve been asked to participate as a “practitioner” on a discussion panel at the upcoming conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)  It is a high-powered conference of top academics from around the U.S.

Recovering from the Recovery Act (Part 5)

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 - 13:43
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 13:38
Since 2009, the public has been able to track the outlay of more than $275 billion in federal contracts, grants, and loans as a result of the unprecedented transparency and accountability provisions included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act), part of the federal economic stimulus program.

Recovery Act Transparency: Learning from States' Experiences

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 - 10:00
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 included unprecedented provisions to disclose how more than $275 billion in grants, contracts, and loans were spent under the Act.  These requirements fell not only on federal agencies but also the recipients and sub-recipients of these monies.  In many cases, state governments were the focal point for collecting and reporting this information.  How did states respond?  Did this increased transparency change how states managed their own monies as well as federal dollars?  Are there lessons for future transpa

Conversation with Authors: Manager’s Guide to Evaluating Citizen Participation with Prof. Tina Nabatchi

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 - 13:08
Learn from Prof. Tina Nabatchi how program managers can assess whether their efforts to increase citizen participation in their programs are making a difference.
Radio show date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013
Intro text: 
Learn how program managers can assess whether their efforts to increase citizen participation in their programs are making a difference.

Does Citizen Participation Work?

Monday, January 30th, 2012 - 18:31
Monday, January 30, 2012 - 17:28
A new report, “A Manager’s Guide to Evaluating Citizen Participation,” by Tina Nabatchi, an assistant professor at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, is designed to help answer these questions. Dr. Nabatchi says “Two types of evaluation are relevant for assessing citizen participation:”
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