North American Digital Government Working Group


Publications & Results

Press Releases & News Stories


Funding Sources

Scope of Work

Related Web Sites

Contact Information

The North American Digital Government Working Group (NADGWG) was formed in early 2007 by researchers and practitioners from a variety of institutions and disciplines in Canada, the United States and Mexico to advance electronic government research across geographic and political boundaries in the region. The working group members are developing a comparative and transnational research agenda targeted at questions about intergovernmental digital government initiatives in North America. This group was formed with the support of the National Science Foundation Digital Government Research Program and the home institutions of the members.

Publications & Results

Journal Articles

Luna-Reyes, L. F., Gil-García, J. R., Pardo, T. A., Zheng, L., & Zhang, J. (2008). Grupo de Investigación sobre Gobierno Digital en América del Norte: Pasos Iniciales en el Desarrollo de una Agenda de Investigación Comparativa y Transnacional. Revista de Administración Pública, 116.

Conference Papers

Andersen, D. F., Luna-Reyes, L. F., Whitmore, A., Zhang, J., & Roy, R. (2008). Exploring the Dynamics of Full Information Product Pricing Networks: the Case of Fair Trade Coffee in Mexico. Paper presented at the 2008 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Athens, Greece, July 20-23, 2008.

Panel Presentations

The North American Workgroup on Digital Government : Transnational Projects and Processes

Poster Sessions

Navarrete, C., Pardo, T., Gil-Garcil, R.J., Zhang, J., & Luna-Reyes, L.F., North American digital government working group: initial steps in the development of a comparative and transnational agenda. The 9th International Digital Government Research Conference. 2008. p. 395-396

Press Releases & News Stories
Press Releases

UAlbany’s Center for Technology in Government Receives Grant to Build Capability of Graduate Students as International Researchers
Tue, 08 Feb 2011

UAlbany Researchers Receive National Science Foundation Grant to Give Consumers more Information about NAFTA Products
Wed, 27 Oct 2010

UAlbany’s Center for Technology in Government Announces Selection of Four International Working Groups on Digital Government Research
Wed, 13 Dec 2006



*Theresa Pardo, Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany
*Luis F. Luna-Reyes, Universidad de las Americas, Mexico.

David Andersen, University at Albany/SUNY, U.S.
Josune Arcelus, Mexico City Government, Mexico
Monique Charbonneau, Centre Francophone d’informatisation des Organizations, Canada
Anthony Cresswell, Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany, U.S.
Jane E. Fountain, University of Massachusetts Amherst, U.S.
*J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico
Herbert Kubicek, University of Bremen, Germany
Irak López-Dávila, Mexico City Government, Mexico
*Sehl Mellouli, Université de Laval, Canada
*Celene Navarrete, Claremont Graduate University, U.S.
Paul Prevost, Universite de Sherbrooke, Canada
Gabriel Puron Cid, University at Albany/SUNY, U.S.
Jeffrey Roy, Dalhousie University, Canada
Rejean Roy, Centre Francophone d’informatisation des Organizations, Canada
Rodrigo Sandoval-Almazán, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico
Jochen Scholl, University of Washington, U.S.
Clay Ward, U.S.
Andrew Whitmore, University at Albany/SUNY, U.S.
*Jing Zhang, Clark University, U.S.
*Lei Zheng, Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany, U.S.

*Management Team

Funding Sources
NADGWG is partially supported by the National Science Foundation Digital Government Research Program under Grant No. 37656, noted above, as well as by the home institutions of members in Canada, Mexico, and the United States: Working Group members have successfully secured support through a variety of additional funding organizations.

Grants: Pending proposals:

Original Scope of Work
Working group members are focused on building understanding of the social and technical capabilities necessary to tackle these important public policy problems both within countries and when those countries work together on these problems. The group seeks to better understand the role of technology plays in the ability of individual nations to respond to public problems and in the ability of nations to work together in response to transnational problems. The focus on Canada, Mexico, and the United States allows the researchers to look at topics that are germane to North America as a whole. The group is exploring current models of collaboration and cooperation being employed across the geographic, jurisdictional and political boundaries of North America; attending to the unique characteristics of both developed and developing countries and presidential and parliamentary systems.

As the governments of the world evolve toward a more global perspective on the social, political, and economic issues facing our nations it is critical that research efforts are sensitive to and respond to this evolution as well. New requirements for cross-boundary collaboration driven by a global view demand new understanding about how individual nations respond to public problems and about how nations work together in response to transnational problems. New forms of government enabled by technologies made possible through new models of cooperation and collaboration must be explored and tested. As researchers, we must also create new models and strategies for working together across geographic and political boundaries, focusing on the efforts of government as they seek to work in this new way. This working group will explore new models of collaboration required by the global nature of government problems as well as the role of technology in facilitating these inter-organizational initiatives. The activities of this working group include the development and pursuit of a research agenda that attends to comparative questions about intergovernmental and transnational digital government initiatives in North America.

Although the three countries of North America are very different in many aspects (providing good variation), they have important similarities in government and federal systems. Project leaders in the three countries appreciate the importance of intergovernmental relationships for the success of many digital government initiatives. In addition, the three countries are closely related and interdependent in several political, economic, and social issues. Therefore, the results may also have important policy implications for each of the three countries and North America as a whole. Finally, the inclusion of a developing country, a country with a highly developed presidential – system, and one with a highly developed parliamentarian – system allows the results to be relevant to many countries specifically as well as many regions around the world.

Group co-chairs are Dr. Theresa A. Pardo from the Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany, SUNY and Dr. Luis F. Luna-Reyes from the Universidad de las Americas, Mexico. The working group includes members from three countries: Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Eleven institutions are represented by the group.

Together, the Working Group members are producing a series of deliverables for academics and practitioners, including reports, papers, cases or methodological notes among others. The products under development include resources for practitioners throughout North America and beyond as they work both within and across boundaries to enhance capability within multi-jurisdictional policy domains. Due to the diversity present in the three North American countries, this Working Group is able to develop lessons not only for the region, but also for developing and developed countries facing similar policy issues around the world. As such, the value of the research can be extended beyond the North America to other regions of the world facing similar sets of challenges.

In addition to the research value, the working group members are gaining useful insights into the process of creating an international research community; exploring the role of technology to support collaboration among geographically dispersed researchers, developing strategies for creating research proposals that are relevant to funding organizations in multiple countries, and responding to the multiple research traditions and practitioner priorities in identifying priorities.

Related Web Sites
Centre Francophone d’informatisation des Organisations (CEFRIO)

Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas

Claremont Graduate University

Clark University


National Center for Digital Government

Universidad de las Américas - Puebla

Université Laval

University of Washington

Building a Sustainable International Digital Government Research Community

Working Group on Online Consultation and Public Policy Making

Working Group on Digital Governance and Hotspot Geoinformatics for Monitoring, Etiology, Early Warning, and Management

Contact Information
Center for Technology in Government
University at Albany, SUNY
187 Wolf Road, Suite 301
Albany, NY 12205
(518) 442-3892 (phone)
(518) 442-3886 (fax)
Theresa Pardo
Center for Technology in Government
University at Albany/SUNY