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Apps are increasingly becoming an essential tool for how citizens interact with their government. Government-created or supported mobile apps offer a wide range of opportunities for delivering services, such as finding parking spaces and paying for them, as well as engaging citizens in co-producing services, such as reporting potholes and damaged streetlights. Creative ways of using mobile apps for government continue to multiply, as can be seen through the many examples described in this report.
In this report, Dr. Ganapati documents the state of mobile apps at the federal, state, and local levels. He offers insights to government leaders on where trends are headed and which strategies government organizations might employ to both better serve and engage citizens, and their own employees, in the mobile world ahead. The report focuses on two types of apps which governments at all levels are now developing:
He concludes with three recommendations on the need to standardize data, data formats, and data standards that, he believes, will help further the growth of the use of mobile apps in government in years to come.
We hope this report serves as a useful overview of mobile apps, as well as an inspiration to leverage the use of mobile apps in the service of better government.
Report published 2016.
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