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

When I wonder about big questions, I spend a couple of days reviewing the academic literature, and write down what I find. I try to put this in plain language and make clear links to the research, with clear caveats about the conclusions that can be drawn. It’s often surprising, it’s always complicated. Feel free to send requests.

When do global do-gooders influence government behavior? (a mini lit review)

Here’s a long-ranging exploration of the literature on international relations, policy diffusion, public administration, global policy assessments and multi-stakeholder initiatives, where I try to draw some conclusions about what we know and what we don't. I wrap it up by proposing six research questions that could directly inform the design of global do-goodery. There’s a bulleted summary up top.

Why do governments do civic tech and open government? (a mini lit review)

The civic tech and open government community spends a fair amount of energy persuading government counterparts to get in the game, measuring how well they do, and encouraging them to do more and better. There seems to be based on a general assumption that doing so works best when appealing to government incentives, either to make their work easier, to increase their legitimacy or to get on the...

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

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