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

Here’s a weekly summary, plus occasional commentary on research findings and conversations relevant to measurement issues in civic tech research.

Note that the general criteria is that I only post things that would be useful to know about when designing or implementing civic tech and accountability programs. That means I leave out a whole host of theoretical work and stuff on government innovation.

I’m always experimenting with finding the right level of detail and how to make this more accessible. Let me know how I’m doing or if there’s anything I’m missing.

2 week Roundup: civic space is good for trust, egov is bad for corruption, metrics for government culture change

This 2 week roundup has lots of evidence on monitoring to reduce bribery and SMS to increase voter information. There's comparative evidence on increasing political trust and decreasing corruption, plus excellent advances on understanding how to get evidence used in policy. Plus a review of open data measurement frameworks.

Roundup: fact checking works, radio boosts participation, but generally, government innovation is failing.

Civic tech research saw some exciting findings last week, including experimental work on factors affecting civic voice and representation across multiple country and municipal contexts. Also some useful research for advocating feedback within organizations, great research-driven resources for better advocacy and some deep deep weeds on merging human rights databases.

Roundup: pollution live cams, depressing findings, and the unicorn of Iceland’s crowdsourced constitution

Last week's research roundup has evidence on causes of citizen complaints and parliamentarian responsiveness, plus depressing research on popular trends in human rights advocacy and community driven development. But fear not, there's also frank and optimistic takes on social media, smart new methods for measuring active citizenship and an inspiring story from 18th century abolitionist activism.

Roundup: e-gov is good for anti-corruption and less rigorous research is best for policy

Last week saw civic tech research on links between e-government and corruption, analysis of protest signs, and a nice case study on what kind of research is most effective for influencing health policy. Plus there's some excellent responsible research resources, research overviews on blockchain and governance, and Uganda levies a social media tax. Yes, there's also that.

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