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Evaluating Open Government: A workshop connecting research and practice
Friday, April 22, 2011, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Now that the White House Open Government Directive is a year old, are government agencies achieving its goals of greater “transparency, participation, and collaboration”? The Digital Government Society (DGS) and the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings Institution are joining together to host a discussion of how the research and practice communities are beginning to evaluate open government.

Bringing together practitioners, researchers, and open government advocates, this workshop will create a dialogue about best practices, opportunities, and challenges in the evaluation of open government initiatives.

The day will focus on panel presentations highlighting three key issues.
  • What is the value of Open Government? Are open government initiatives providing value for citizens? Pioneers in open government will share how they are working to answer this question. What are the issues, challenges, and unmet needs evaluators face? Approaches considered and selected, challenges faced, and lessons learned will be highlighted and discussed.
    Moderator: Theresa Pardo
    Panelists: Giovanni Carnaroli, US Department of Transportation; Wendy Ginsberg, Congressional Research Service; Andrea Kavanaugh, Virginia Tech

  • Understanding the impact of transparency Is the unprecedented access citizens now have to government data creating transparency? And if so, what impact is that transparency having on government and society? How are practitioners and academics understanding this complex question and what data and evaluation tools and techniques are being leveraged to answer it?
    Moderator: Norm Sondheimer
    Panelists: Ellen Miller, Sunlight Foundation; Miriam Nisbet, National Archives and Records Administration; Ben Schneiderman, University of Maryland

  • Evaluating the outcome of online engagement Online engagement changes the method and nature of government interactions with those it serves. What is the impact of Web 2.0 on how citizens, agency clientele groups, and businesses provide input and engage in the policy debates and decisions of government? How do we measure and evaluate the amount, diversity, and quality of participation that results?
    Moderator: Christine Williams
    Panelists: Jennifer Stromer-Galley, University at Albany, SUNY; Jeremy Ames, US Environmental Protection Agency; Bradford Hesse, National Cancer Institute
Event Logistics
The workshop will be held at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036

The workshop will take place in the Stein Room on the second floor of Brookings. Please use the entrance at 1775 Massachusetts Avenue and the security guard will direct you.

Friday, April 22, 2012
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Organizing Committee
John Bertot, University of Maryland at College Park
Theresa Pardo, Center for Technology in Government, UAlbany-SUNY
Norm Sondheimer, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Darrell West, Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution
Christine Williams, Bentley University

Contact Information:
Anna Raup-Kounovsky