Methodical Snark critical reflections on how we measure and assess civic tech

Roundup: strategies for institutionalization in govt, social media activism is stressful, and nobody reads research.

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Making civic tech research useful: @thomwithoutanh blogs about making MAVC research outputs useful to the people who need them, and the research on how people read research (spoiler, the don’t really) that led to the creation of a micro site: https://researchfindings.tech/. Good thinking, hope we can see a follow-up blogpost in a year with transparent analytics on the microsite, and thoughts on how to improve.

GODI lumbers on. @okfn is blogging about use cases for the Global Open Data Index in the face of its still uncertain future. Last week saw a description of four ways the GODI survey has been customized for specific projects and an intimation that @okfn could host a custom installation for you too. @DanLammerhirt blogged about how water advocates see the GODI, noting a lack of perceived impact and a need to refine the survey (and underlying theory of change). Super interesting stuff, but what does it mean? No clear indication yet as to where GODI is going, or what support OKFN will provide to users in the future.

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This Week’s Macabre

The Dead Are Coming: Political Performance Art, Activist Remembrance and Dig(ital) Protests (Chapter in Performance and Civic Engagement)

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