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Please comment on this draft to: clift@e-democracy.org

DRAFT Survey Questions

Welcome to the Participation 3.0 start-up survey.

Your response matters. It will shape our 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 develop system changing ideas and proposals that redefine the foundation for what is required to be an effective local democracy and a strong vibrant and open community using today's communication technologies. Past generations brought us 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?

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
  • Researcher


  • Civil Servant - General
  • Elected Official or Staff Member
  • Government "Webmaster"
  • Government IT - Tech-oriented
  • Government Communications Staff
  • Librarian


  • Open Government Advocate
  • Participatory/Deliberative Democracy Proponent
  • Direct Democracy Proponent
  • Blogger
  • Journalist


  • 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 is most important to you with local online civic engagement? Share your hopes, desires, or current successes online in your local community.

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4. Sharpening Priorities - In a world of limited resources and time, confusion about what should be tackled first lead to no action in the vast majority of communities. 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 or 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 initial explorations of the next generation of local democracy and community building.


Other - This rough list of ideas is by no means complete. We have probably missed far too many. In brief, let us know what is missing to help shape our deliberations:

5. Open Data - There is a big idea out there that governments should release more "open data" from the many databases they compile or create to execute their responsibilities. The released data, often "real-time") 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 collects weather information. With government-funded weather information, you tend to access your localized information through the media or online rather than the government directly.

Getting this 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. Some leading governments themselves also seem to be increasingly interested in providing better tools that provide deep access to or disseminate the resulting information and knowledge that comes from data they hold directly.

First, who are you?

  • A. Public - An end user seeking access to information
  • B. Data Reuser - Someone who "wants data" to reuse to develop services for the public
  • C. Data Holder - My government organization holds or is responsible for data

Data Reuser - Based on your perspective, what data do you want to gain real-time/frequent access to with the greatest priority?

Data Holder - Based on your perspective, what enhanced information services do you want to provide 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.

  1. Decision-Making Information - Meeting notices, agendas, documents, minutes, votes, who represents me, voter registration
  2. Crime - 911 Calls, Incident Reports, Arrests, Convictions, Dropped Charges, Child abuse/neglect, Probation/offenders
  3. Property - Housing and Buildings, Permits, Code enforcement/violations, Valuations/Taxes, Vacant properties, etc.
  4. Quality of Service/Life - 311 requests, Graffiti, Litter reports, Civil tickets, Self-serve directory information
  5. License Applications - Business, liquor, special permits, etc.
  6. Zoning and Development Applications - Planning alerts, Development plans, New construction permits/variances
  7. Health - Health code inspections/violations, Disease outbreaks, Public health trends, Hospital admissions by cause, births/deaths
  8. Transportation - Real-time traffic or mass transit data, road closures, repair requests/schedules/conditions
  9. Public Assistance - Application, spending trends
  10. Pollution - Air, water, ground, etc.
  11. Education - Enrollment/class sizes, Daily truancy, School performance/testing, Free and reduced lunch populations
  12. Government Spending - Details through year not just budgets, Purchase orders
  13. Government Contracts - Available, awarded
  14. Campaign Finance - Donations to Local Candidates
  15. Ethics Filings - Elected officials, top civil servants, lobbyists
  16. Public Employees - Directory, Salaries, Hiring, Terminations
  17. Local Map and Geographic Information System Data
  18. Business Trends - Employment, unemployment, small business loans
  19. Real Time Super Pak
  20. Events - Community calendars from community centers, libraries, parks, schools, etc.

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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.

  • Name:
  • Org:
  • Etc.

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.

Exit page:

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.


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