Firstly: policy makers say that readability is the most imp thing for getting your research used for decision-making, + more tips from @fp2p. Just getting that out there.
Research on National Integrity Systems in New Zealand and the UK suggest that NIS impact is limited and disparate, while data analysis across 51 countries from 2003-2010, suggests that ICTs, transparency and anti-corruption efforts make government more efficient. Other studies show that gamification of civic tech meetups improves creative problem-solving when the games build empathy instead of rewarding skills, and that internet shutdowns have cost sub-Saharan African countries $235 million. Continue reading “Last week in civic tech research: T4T/A boosts government efficiency, govt social media is for broadcasting and 700(!) activism nodes in LatAm”
European governments are making decisions behind closed doors, according to research by Access Info. A survey on citizen uptake of a reporting platform (Linz, Austria, n=773) finds mixed results on motivations for participation, but community disconnectedness and previous reporting experience seem strong predictors. A natural experiment with @openstreetmap data suggests that data seeding from external sources is bad for online community development and crowd contributions and @NetChange is running on online survey on non-profit digital engagement strategies. Takes 20 min, help out.
‘s @CourtneyTolmie has evidence-based tips for designing and testing community scorecards, and research from suggests that there are now 6 models for collaborative journalism, distinguished by how sustained and interactive they are.
In other news: water activists are adopting digital techniques, but they’re no match for Chinese bureaucracy , and there’s now a thing called evidence networks.