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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.  

Understanding the Many Communities within Open Government

Friday, August 5th, 2011 - 10:53
Friday, August 5, 2011 - 10:46
It is tempting to think of the Open Government community as an undifferentiated body.  I know I did until I attended a meeting of Open Government advocates, at which O'Reilly Media Washington correspondent Alex Howard turned an analytical eye on us and theorized that we're actually composed of many different pieces that are each integral to open government. His observation was that there are many constituencies within the broader open government community that often are working on very different problems, or sometimes the same problem from different perspectives.

“Secure Transparency”: Why Cybersecurity is Vital to the Long-Term Success of Open Government

Thursday, June 9th, 2011 - 14:16
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At first glance, these initiatives appear to cover divergent topics, with only technology as a common element. Upon closer review, the advantages that open government creates will only be sustained through appropriately secure and agile information flows within and outside government.

Conversations with Authors: Using Online Tools to Engage – and be Engaged by –The Public

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 - 11:21
Mr. Leighninger begins to pull back the veil on how the various online engagement tactics and tools can be used, and when they work best.
Radio show date: 
Sat, 12/03/2011
Intro text: 
While all federal agencies have developed “open government plans,” many managers find themselves unfamiliar with what tactics and tools work best, under different scenarios.
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