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Meghan Cook
Meghan Cook
Program Director
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Specialty
  • Open government
  • Intergovernmental relations
  • Mobile government
  • County and municipal government information management
  • Cross-boundary collaboration
 

September 15-17, 2015, Cook to Chair Session and Lead Workshop at Smart Cities Week  ▼  

CTG Program Director Meghan Cook was invited to chair and moderate an egovernment and open data session at the Smart Cities Council’s first ever 'Smart Cities Week' in Washington D.C. The week-long event, designed for City leaders, will address the question "How can my city become a smart city?" Cook will also co-lead a half day workshop entitled 'Leveraging Data to Combat Urban Blight' with Tarik Abdelazim from the Center for Community Progress.

June 9, 2015, Cook and UAlbany Doctoral Student to Present on the Use of Social Media in Counties  ▼  

CTG Program Director Meghan Cook and UAlbany Doctoral Student Jamie Campbell presented "Social Media Use in NYS Counties" to members of the New York State County Clerk Association at their annual conference on June 9th in Lake Placid. The study, conducted by Campbell with Cook and CTG Faculty Fellow Dr. Teresa Harrison as mentors, addressed the current social media use by NYS county governments, common purposes and topics, potential strategies, and the realized values of current users.

June 9, 2015, Cook and UAlbany Doctoral Student to Present on the Use of Social Media in Counties  ▼  

CTG Program Director Meghan Cook and UAlbany Doctoral Student Jamie Campbell will present "Social Media Use in NYS Counties" to members of the New York State County Clerk Association at their annual conference on June 9th in Lake Placid. The study, conducted by Campbell with Cook and CTG Faculty Fellow Dr. Teresa Harrison as mentors, addressed the current social media use by NYS county governments, common purposes and topics, potential strategies, and the realized values of current users.

May 27-30, 2015 , Cook to Lead Panel and Present Paper at dg.o 2015  ▼  

CTG Program Director Meghan Cook and Karen Mossberger, Professor and Director of the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University, will lead a candid conversation among government leaders and digital government scholars focused on how all sectors can work across professions and disciplines to address the complex and challenging issues facing governments all over the world. Ms. Cook will also present a paper titled A Shared Information Resource to Fight Urban Blight: Challenges and Opportunities in New York State. The paper, co- authored by CTG Program Assistant Megan Sutherland, focuses on the role of information sharing in a multi city effort to address urban blight. The theme of this year’s dg.o conference is Digital Government and Wicked Problems: Climate Change, Urbanization, and Inequality.
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March 6-10, 2015, Cook to Participate in Digital and Mobile Government Panel at Annual ASPA Conference  ▼  

CTG Program Director Meghan Cook will participate in a panel discussion titled Going Digital and Mobile in State and Local Government at the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois. She will present on “Mobile Government: Dimensions to Assess Readiness and Gauge Progress (And Other Lessons From The Field ).”
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Brief Bio
As program director, Meghan works with teams from government, corporate, and academic organizations to address information management issues through a unique collaborative process. In her role, she is responsible for overall planning and management of major Center projects, which includes conceptualizing, developing, and overseeing work focused on the policy, management, and technology issues surrounding information and information technology use in the public sector.

Over the past 15 years, Meghan has made major contributions in the areas of open government, mobile government, intergovernmental information sharing management, strategic planning, and IT business case planning. Her current portfolio includes work in open government, mobile government, and international community building.

Most recently, she led a series of related open government efforts, which resulted in the development of the Open Government Portfolio Public Value Assessment Tool and a workshop to develop a national open government research agenda. In addition, Meghan served on the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Open Government Flagship Initiative Committee and authored a chapter on public value and transparency in the online guide aimed at promoting transparency.
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In the area of mobile computing, Meghan led CTG’s five year study of the use of mobile technologies in child protective services in NYS. This work produced several reports and articles on the impact of mobile technologies on CPS work policies, procedures, and practices.

Meghan's efforts have focused on understanding how organizational capabilities, information policies, management practices, and technology choices work in concert to shape government operations and services. Her past work centered on the area of developing a portal for intergovernmental information systems in NYS and studying the collection and use of parcel data in public, private, and non profit organizations in NYS.

Meghan’s expertise also extends into community building where she led the project, Building a Sustainable International Digital Government Research Community and managed several efforts including digital government international working groups and the iGov Institute, a week long residential program for doctoral students.

Selected Publications
Cook, Meghan E. Delivering Public Value Through Transparency. In A Guide to Owning Transparency: How Federal Agencies can Implement and Benefit from Transparency, Open Form Foundation (online publication). October 2011.

Cook, Meghan E. Open Government and Public Value: Conceptualizing a Portfolio Assessment Tool. Albany, NY: Center for Technology in Government. May 2011.

Cook, Meghan E. Child Protective Services in New York State: Testing Mobile Technologies, Government Technology Magazine, September 2008.

Cook, Meghan E., Natalie Helbig, Jana L. Hrdinová, Fawzi H. Mulki, Bahadir K. Akcam. Assessing Mobile Technologies in Child Protective Services: A Demonstration Project in 23 New York State Local Departments of Social Services. Albany, NY: Center for Technology In Government, 2008.

Dawes, Sharon S. and Meghan E. Cook, Intergovernmental Digital Government: Principles and Strategies for G2G Relationships and Applications. In Ari-Veikko Anttiroiko and Matti Malkia (Eds), Encyclopedia of Digital Government, Hershey, PA: Idea Group Inc. 2006.

Dawes, Sharon S. Meghan E. Cook, and Natalie Helbig, Challenges of Treating Information as a Public Resource: The Case of Parcel Data, Proceedings of the Thirty-Ninth Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, January 4-7, 2006, Computer Society Press.

Cook, Meghan, Mark LaVigne, Christina Pagano, Sharon Dawes, and Theresa Pardo. Making A Case for Local E-Government. Albany, NY: Center for Technology in Government, 2002.

Cook, Meghan. What Citizens Want from E-Government. Albany, NY: Center for Technology in Government, 2000.
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Full List of CTG Publications for this author

Teresa M. Harrison, Theresa Pardo, and Meghan Cook
, Creating Open Government Ecosystems: A Research and Development Agenda, Future Internet, 2012

Anthony M. Cresswell, Meghan E. Cook, Natalie Helbig, Taewoo Nam, Weija Ran, and Jana Hrdinova
, Does Mobility Make a Difference? A Cumulative Study of the Impact of Mobile Technology in New York State Child Protective Services , Center for Technology in Government, 2012

Meghan E. Cook
, Information, Technology, and Governance: A Grand Challenges Research Agenda Workshop Summary Activity Report, Center for Technology in Government, 2011

Natalie Helbig, Sharon S. Dawes, Jana Hrdinová, and Meghan Cook
, Cultivating the Next Generation of International Digital Government Researchers: A Community-Building Experiment , 5th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2011), 2011

Sharon S. Dawes, Natalie Helbig, and Meghan Cook
, Promoting International Digital Government Research Collaboration: An Experiment in Community Building , Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o 2011), 2011

Teresa M. Harrison, Santiago Guerrero, G. Brian Burke, Meghan Cook, Anthony Cresswell, Natalie Helbig, Jana Hrdinová, and Theresa Pardo
, Open Government and E-Government: Democratic Challenges from a Public Value Perspective , Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o 2011), 2011

Theresa A. Pardo, Anthony M. Cresswell, and Meghan E. Cook
, Information and Technology: Improving Public Sector Capability to Address Societal Challenges, Center for Technology in Government, 2010

Meghan E. Cook
, Information, Technology, and Governance: A Grand Challenges Research Agenda Pre-Workshop Paper, Center for Technology in Government, 2010

Natalie Helbig, Sharon S. Dawes, Fawzi H. Mulki, Jana L. Hrdinová, Meghan E. Cook, and Tuuli Edwards
, International Digital Government Research: A Reconnaissance Study (1994 - 2008) - UPDATED, Center for Technology in Government, 2009

Meghan E. Cook, Natalie Helbig, Anthony M. Cresswell, Fawzi H. Mulki, and Bahadir K. Akcam
, Maximizing Current and Future Mobile Technology Investments in New York State Child Protective Services, Center for Technology in Government, 2008

Meghan E. Cook, Anthony M. Cresswell, Natalie Helbig, Fawzi H. Mulki, Bahadir K. Akcam , and Jana L. Hrdinová
, Assessing Mobile Technologies in Child Protective Services: A Demonstration Project in 23 New York State Local Departments of Social Services, Center for Technology in Government, 2008

Meghan E. Cook, Anthony M. Cresswell, Natalie Helbig, Jana L. Hrdinová, Fawzi H. Mulki, and Bahadir K. Akcam
, Assessing Mobile Technologies in Child Protective Services: An Extended Pilot in New York City's Administration for Children's Services, Center for Technology in Government, 2008

Anthony M. Cresswell, Meghan E. Cook, Natalie Helbig, Jana L. Hrdinová, J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, Fawzi H. Mulki, Bahadir K. Akcam , and Donna S. Canestraro
, Assessing Mobile Technologies in Child Protective Services, Center for Technology in Government, 2007

Theresa A. Pardo, Meghan E. Cook, Donna S. Canestraro, Jana Hrdinova, Anthony M. Cresswell, and Benjamin French
, Setting the Stage for an Electronic Health Record: A Business Analysis for the New York State Department of Correctional Services, Center for Technology in Government, 2006

Sharon S. Dawes, Meghan E. Cook, and Natalie Helbig
, Challenges of Treating Information as a Public Resource: The Case of Parcel Data, Proceedings of the Thirty-Ninth Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (CD/ROM), January 4-7,2006, Computer Society Press, 2006

Meghan E. Cook, Sharon S. Dawes, Natalie C. Helbig, and Roger J. Lishnoff
, Use of Parcel Data in New York State: A Reconnaissance Study, Center for Technology in Government, 2005

Christina M. Pagano and Meghan E. Cook
, The New York State-Local Internet Gateway Prototype Project: Current Practice Research, Center for Technology in Government, 2004

Meghan E. Cook, Sharon S. Dawes, Dubravka Juraga, Derek R. Werthmuller, Christina M. Pagano, and Benjamin F. Schwartz
, Bridging the Enterprise: Lessons from the New York State-Local Internet Gateway Prototype, Center for Technology in Government, 2004

Meghan E. Cook
, Making a Case for Local E-Government, Center for Technology in Government, 2002

Peter Bloniarz, Donna Canestraro, Meghan Cook, Tony Cresswell, Sharon Dawes, Mark LaVigne, Theresa Pardo, Jochen Scholl, and Stephanie Simon
, Insider's Guide to Using Information in Government, Center for Technology in Government, 2000

Meghan E. Cook
, What Citizens Want from E-Government, Center for Technology in Government, 2000

Theresa A. Pardo, Hans J. Scholl, Meghan E. Cook, David R. Connelly, and Sharon S. Dawes
, New York State Central Accounting System Stakeholder Needs Analysis, Center for Technology in Government, 2000


Education
  • Master of Science in Education, 2002, University at Albany, State University of New York
  • Master of Public Administration, 1996, University at Albany, State University of New York