Participation online survey
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DRAFT Survey Questions
Welcome to the Participation 3.0 start-up survey.
Your response matters. It will shape the Ford Foundation-funded Next Generation Ideas process led by E-Democracy.org.
By the end of 2010, we will collaboratively propose the top ten ideas for "what should be universal to all local communities" with the next generation of local online civic engagement - transparency, participation, collaboration, problem-solving and community building.
To make something "universal" we will explore system changing ideas and foster proposals that help define the foundation for what is required to be an effective local democracy and a vibrant open community using emerging communication technologies. Past generations brought us the freedom of speech and assembly, elections with the right to vote for all, public meetings and notice laws, Freedom of Information rights, community service and more. What ideas do we have that will truly transform governance and community during this cross road of history using the new tools of our era?
Every question is optional.
1. Updates - Would you like important updates on the Participation 3.0 initiative?
If yes, simply enter your e-mail address:
2. Your Perspective - Please select the identities or perspectives that best represents you (up to three).
Public and Community
- General Public - Everyday Citizen
- Active Citizen - Political
- Active Citizen - Neighborhood or Community Service Volunteer
- Non-Profit Organization
- Civil Servant - General
- Elected Official or Staff Member
- Government "Webmaster"
- Government IT - Tech-oriented
- Government Communications Staff
- Open Government Advocate
- Participatory/Deliberative Democracy Proponent
- Direct Democracy Proponent
- Technologist - Software Developer, Web Developer, Geek, etc.
- Creative - Internet/Social Media/Online Design Expert
- Business - Government Technology Provider/Company
3. Open Question - You came to this survey for a reason. So what matters to you? What big idea do you have? Or more specifically, what would you like to see "online" for your local community? What matters most to you with local online civic engagement? Share your hopes, desires, or current successes online in your local community that you think should be everywhere.
4. Sharpening Priorities - In a world of limited resources and time, there is confusion about what should be tackled first. The lack of clear "where should we start" information is leading to no action in the vast majority of communities and states.
When it comes to participation and transparency online, "demand" is often not expressed nor measured. The public does not "comparison shop" between local government, media, or community sites far away, so they do not tend to ask for something they haven't seen or envisioned.
This is where you come in. Let's tentatively prioritize "the demand" for innovation and action to guide our next explorations over the next few months.
Select the one idea, feature, or project in each category that interests you most.
- Collaboration and Problem-solving
- Community Building
Other - This rough list of ideas is by no means complete. Let us know what is missing to help shape our deliberations:
5. Open Data - There is a big idea out there - governments should release more "open data" from the databases they create and maintain. The released data would be reused by third-parties to present the public with innovative ways to query, monitor, "mash-up," and be alerted in a personalized and timely way about new information that matters to them.
The current real-life example is that the National Weather Service and the dissemination of weather information. With government-funded weather data, you tend to access your localized information through the media or online rather than from the government directly.
Getting this often real-time data out of governments as well as organized into standard formats is a major undertaking that requires prioritization to muster the resources and political will required. Leading governments themselves are also interested in providing better tools that provide deep access to or directly disseminate the resulting information and knowledge that comes from data they hold.
First, who are you?
- A. Public - An end user seeking access to information
- B. Data Reuser - Someone who obtain and reuse raw data
- C. Data Holder - My government organization holds or is responsible for data
Data Reuser - Based on your perspective, what data theme do you want to gain real-time/frequent access to with the greatest priority?
Data Holder - Based on your perspective, what information services do you want to enhance and provide to the public directly with the greatest priority?
End-user - Based on your needs or interests, what information or personalized "what's new" alerts do you want with the greatest priority?
Pick up to three. This list includes data on general government services that would allow you to see the results of your tax dollars being spent.
- Decision-Making Information - Meeting notices, agendas, documents, minutes, votes, who represents me, voter registration
- Crime - 911 Calls, Incident Reports, Arrests, Convictions, Dropped Charges, Child abuse/neglect, Probation/offenders
- Property - Housing and Buildings, Permits, Code enforcement/violations, Valuations/Taxes, Vacant properties, etc.
- Quality of Service/Life - 311 requests, Graffiti, Litter reports, Civil tickets, Self-serve directory information
- License Applications - Business, liquor, special permits, etc.
- Zoning and Development Applications - Planning alerts, Development plans, New construction permits/variances
- Health - Health code inspections/violations, Disease outbreaks, Public health trends, Hospital admissions by cause, births/deaths
- Transportation - Real-time traffic or mass transit data, road closures, repair requests/schedules/conditions
- Public Assistance - Application, spending trends
- Pollution - Air, water, ground, etc.
- Education - Enrollment/class sizes, Daily truancy, School performance/testing, Free and reduced lunch populations
- Government Spending - Details through year not just budgets, Purchase orders
- Government Contracts - Available, awarded
- Campaign Finance - Donations to Local Candidates
- Ethics Filings - Elected officials, top civil servants, lobbyists
- Public Employees - Directory, Salaries, Hiring, Terminations
- Local Map and Geographic Information System Data
- Business Trends - Employment, unemployment, small business loans
- Real Time Super Pak
- Events - Community calendars from community centers, libraries, parks, schools, etc.
6. Should the "transparency, participation, and collaboration" themes from federal Open Government Directive be actively addressed or examined by your local governments? If yes, answer how? If no, why not?
7. Get connected/informed options
Responses to the survey questions above will not be attributed by name if your share contact information below.
Check how you would like to participate. These are possible channels for engagement, not promises.
- [ ] Follow updates via e-newsletter
- [ ] Follow updates via project blog
- [ ] Follow updates via Twitter
- [ ] Follow updates via Facebook Fan page
- [ ] Webinars - Teleconferences (Schedule available)
- [ ] Time-limited online conference/forum
- [ ] Online working groups/e-lists
- [ ] Idea competitions (using IdeaScale, UserVoice, etc.)
- [ ] Future online surveys
- [ ] In-person discussions tied to existing conferences
- [ ] Online group writing and editing sessions
- [ ] Final proposals/partnerships drafting group retreat (travel, lodging at your cost)
8. Are you a current participant on any of E-Democracy.org or related forums:
- A. Local city-wide Issues Forums
- B. CityCamp online community
- C. Any of the Participation 3.0 Online Working Groups
- D. GovLoop
- E. Democracies Online Exchange or Newswire
- F .
How did you find out about this survey:
Check here if you are responding from outside the United States.
1. Invite others to complete from: http://e-democracy.org/p3
2. Join online working groups.
3. Sign-up for the opening input webinar/teleconference of greatest interest.