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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
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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:”

A Manager’s Guide to Evaluating Citizen Participation

Monday, January 30th, 2012 - 11:19
The Obama administration’s Open Government Initiative is now three years old. But is it making a difference?  Dr. Nabatchi’s report is a practical guide for program managers who want to assess whether their efforts to increase citizen participation in their programs are making a difference. She lays out evaluation steps for both the implementation and management of citizen participation initiatives, as well as how to assess the impact of a particular citizen participation initiative.

Engaging Citizens vs. Streamlining Bureaucracy

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 - 9:37
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 08:33
Fast-forward to 2012, where there’s an Administration promoting Open Government and citizen engagement via the internet and social media.  The old law, affectionately called FACA by government insiders, is still in force and increasingly irrelevant as agencies look for ways around its strictures to seek citizen and expert input.  But the original goals of the law are still very much a priority – to promote citizen participation and transparency, to ensure objectivity in advice to fe

The Next Phase of Open Government: An Opportunity for Innovative Leaders

Thursday, October 6th, 2011 - 12:04
Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 11:49
The Administration’s Open Government Initiative has led to much progress over the past two years, yet more work remains to be done to further the cause of transparency.  

Web-Enabled Coordination

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 - 11:04
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 10:52
Nancy Roberts, in a recent article for Public Administration Review, “Beyond Smokestacks and Silos,” explores “open-source, web-enabled coordination in organizations and networks.” She observes that there are different approaches used when the goal is to coordinate action within organizations vs. when the goal is to coordinate across networks.

OMB Unveils Its Performance.Gov Website

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 - 9:28
Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 09:23
The Bush website provided links to key management initiatives, such as the President’s Management Agenda Scorecard, a list and bios of top political appointees, and a set of agency examples of best practices. That site was called

Is Open Government Dead?

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 - 11:37
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 11:30
For example, Washington Post columnist Vivek Wadhwa’s article “The Death of Open Government” followed the resignation announcement of the federal government’s chief information officer – and Open Government champion -- Vivek Kundra.  But President Obama’s signature Open Government initiative does live.  It is just that there may be a shift in emphasis from a focus on transparency to a focus on citizen engagement.

Assessing Public Participation in an Open Government Era

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 - 12:59
The plans of top agencies have been assessed by both the government and advocacy groups to see if they met the requirements laid out in the directives, often with an emphasis on the degree to which they increase transparency.  This report focuses on how well these agency plans increase public participation and collaboration.