A group of researchers from some of the top schools with programs related to digital government got together last month to discuss the role of research in the digital government arena, it’s importance for the future, and how to get it better funded. The get-together was entitled “Information, Technology, and Governance: A Grand Challenges Research Agenda Workshop“. This new round of discussions is being sponsored by NASCIO and the National Science Foundation. I have been interested in this niche research community as long as it has existed, having done graduate work at University of Washington, GSPA, the second oldest graduate school of public administration in the country. I’ve put together a Twitter list referencing academia in the field.
- Jerry Mechling, Harvard, Leadership for a Networked World
- Ines Mergel, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
- Jane Fountain, National Center for Digital Government, Univ. of Massachussetts at Amherst
- Theresa Pardo, Center for Technology in Government
Thanks for the great resources! Three areas that we should be looking at that complements egovernment:
1) Design with a specific emphasis on human-computer interaction.
3) Behavioral economics
Georgetown also has a research program called Communications, Culture, and Technology led by Michael Nelson who worked on e-gov under Gore. They do some interesting work and a number of alumni (I’m not one so no bias 🙂 are doing some pretty amazing Gov 2.0 work.
I would love to see more research on what citizens actually want. With eGov and the newest iteration Gov 2.0, I’m not sure we are reaching out enough to the average citizen to figure out their motivations and what tools/technologies/policies they want.
@Bill Brantley, interesting that you should mention Neuroscience, I just tweeted on @Utahgov about Brain Awareness Week next week. Utah has a great resource in this area at The Brain Institute
Bill – I’m big on behavioral economics – which ties well into social psychology and game dynamics. Books like Nudge, etc…
You might want to check this out – Nonprofits and Public Administration: Reconciling Performance Management and Citizen Engagement by Steven Rathgeb Smith. American Review of Public Administration 2010 40, 129.
Not specifically about eGov but has some good points about citizen engagement that applies to eGov.