Transparency, Civic Engagement, and Technology Use in Local Government Agencies: Findings from a National Survey

IPCE Working Paper April 2011

35 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2017

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Mary K. Feeney

Arizona State University (ASU) - School of Public Affairs

Eric Welch

Arizona State University (ASU) - Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies

Meg Haller

University of Illinois Chicago

Date Written: December 31, 2010

Abstract

This report presents findings from a 2010 national survey of local governments on transparency and information dissemination, public participation, and technology use and its effects, as part of a long-term research study interested in understanding the relationships between technology and civic engagement in local governments sponsored by Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement at University of Illinois at Chicago. The survey was administered to government managers in 500 local governments with citizen populations ranging from 25,000 to 250,000. For each city, lead managers were identified in each of the following five departments: general city management, community development, finance, police, and parks and recreation. A total of 902 responses were received for a final response rate of 37.9%. This report draws from the statistical analysis of the survey data, and is organized into three sections: Transparency and Information Dissemination, Public Participation, and Technology Use.

Keywords: technology, local government, public managers

Suggested Citation

Feeney, Mary K. and Welch, Eric and Haller, Megan K, Transparency, Civic Engagement, and Technology Use in Local Government Agencies: Findings from a National Survey (December 31, 2010). IPCE Working Paper April 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3069957 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3069957

Mary K. Feeney (Contact Author)

Arizona State University (ASU) - School of Public Affairs ( email )

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Eric Welch

Arizona State University (ASU) - Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies ( email )

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Megan K Haller

University of Illinois Chicago ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60607
United States

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