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Education, Outreach and Training: Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure

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Practical Guides (1)
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Why evaluate information technology (IT) choices? Because IT innovation is risky business in every organization. The public policy choices and public management processes that are part of government make it an especially difficult environment for IT managers. These layers of complexity present a daunting challenge to public managers who are responsible for choosing, funding, and building IT innovations.

Government managers need to evaluate IT choices because they are among the most complex and expensive decisions they are expected to make.

There are three ways to mitigate the risks inherent in these complex decisions: thoroughly understand the problem to be solved and its context, identify and test possible solutions to the problem, evaluate the results of those tests against your service and performance goals. This handbook is designed to help any government manager follow a well-tested methodology for evaluating IT innovations before deciding (with greater confidence) to make a significant investment.

Online Resources (1)
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Wed, 01 Nov 2000
Every day, the people inside government use information to develop policies, make decisions, evaluate programs, and deliver services. The Insider's Guide to Using Information in Government draws from real agency experiences to provide a practical resource for government professionals. It covers six related topics (strategy, policy, data, costs, skills, and technology) and illustrates them with stories of state and local agency projects ranging in focus from internal knowledge sharing to statewide program evaluation.

Reports (1)
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Information technology has been a vital component of government operations for decades. It plays a crucial role in public sector administration, decision-making, and service delivery in the next millennium. The technology tools we have today, such as digital communications and advanced networking, are already transforming some areas of government. In an effort to expand this trend of moving government toward the promise of transformed public services, the National Science Foundation (NSF) established the Digital Government Program. The program fosters connections between government information service providers and research communities, seeks innovative research to improve agency, interagency, and intergovernmental operations, and advocates enhanced interactions between citizens and government.

As a grantee of the program, CTG held a multidisciplinary workshop in October 1998 to elicit a number of pertinent recommendations for the Digital Government Program. This report is based on that workshop and outlines steps NSF can take to help develop a digital government for the next millennium.

Public Events

(NPACI) All-Hands Meeting -- An All-Hands meeting of the members of the NPACI partnership was held January 27-29, 1999. CTG made a presentation on EOT in government to FedCon, and hosted a panel at the NPACI meeting on "federal agency needs for high-end technologies."

Education, Outreach, and Training: The National Grand Challenge -- CTG participated in a panel at Alliance '98, the meeting of all partners of the National Computational Science Alliance which identified EOT related issues and activities, in context of the PACI mission. CTG highlighted issues related to public policy makers, program managers, and government technologists in relation to ACI technologies.

Alliance '98 -- An overall presentation of the EOT-PACI work with government was given at the 1998 Triple Helix Conference.