A Canadian discussion on how to use, improve, and share within the larger GovLoop Community (but open to everyone!).
A great place to start when looking to connect with other Canadian Civil Servants.
Multi-Level Gov’t Collaboration
September 23, 2009 at 8:40 pm #81380
I’d like to see how we can bring folks from Federal, Provincial, Regional, Municipal levels together to discuss some of our common issues – and develop an approach to intergovernmental collaboration and cooperation.
I think this GovLoop group, and other social media channels, is a good start for x-gov networking… how can we extend that? (ie: is there value in GCPedia for provincial/municipal level engagement; provincial initiatives; municipal initiatives?) … how can we break down the silos of gov’t structures – after all we’re all taxpayer funded; our clients are all the same!
September 24, 2009 at 2:40 am #81390
There are some Canadian IT folks that have established a group (Munigov.Ca) for municipal employees. I’ll be sure to send them this way and encorage them to participate.
September 24, 2009 at 9:26 am #81388
Mark – this is a really good point. I personally believe that Canadian Public Service renewal must include all levels of public servants. There are fantastic business reasons for collaborating – the very least of which being cost sharing initiatives. If I’m working on a common application solution, and someone at another level of government is doing the same, why shouldn’t we get together and solve both our problems as a team, and then share that solution with others who are also doing the same. Is public service more about serving the public and less about covering our own budgets.
October 4, 2009 at 3:05 am #81386
Chris L. LatendresseParticipant
Very good discussion Mark. I’m about to embark on a study (for thesis research) on all the Local Government websites in Ontario (as my sample). If you have been following UK Local Government development (I’ve posted some info in Canadian Government (2.0) group about some of those efforts, it’s hard not to notice the UK has really knocked the ball out of the part on developing Local Government (see the Local Government Information Unit). They have made some great progress on e-Democracy (see AskBristol ). I would argue their progress has to do with the UK Federal gov taking the intiative and the use of intermediaries (see Public-i) in public-private partnerships to provide the tools.
It would be great to see a working group, funded, to start working with local governments and seeing some ‘spill-over’ from the efforts at the city/prov/fed levels.
October 12, 2009 at 5:04 pm #81384
Hi Mark, that is a great idea. So often we just watch while others roll out their initiatives and then copy and implement what appears to work. A collaboration would be excellent. I’m at the municipal level, and we’re seriously understaffed. We don’t even have one full-time person dedicated to online communications, so being able to share the knowledge and effort of other governments would be of great assistance.
In Alberta we do have the Alberta Municipal Web Group. We meet twice annually to share our challenges, our projects, our upcoming initiatives and any other area of specialty we have. Something Canada-wide would be excellent.
October 30, 2009 at 11:14 pm #81382
In the USA, there is the National Association of Government Webmasters (NAGW, http://www.nagw.org/).
They actually evolved out of a local e-government webmaster group. Every year they organize a 3-day national conference where you can meet colleagues, vendors and attend interesting presentations. And they organize all kinds of local activities and meetings.
Maybe one of the local groups could pick this up and make it a national thing. I am sure that the NAGW can provide ideas and support.
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