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The role of e-participation and open data in evidence-based policy decision making in local government

The role of e-participation and open data in evidence-based policy decision making in local government
The role of e-participation and open data in evidence-based policy decision making in local government
The relationships between policies, their values, and outcomes are often difficult for citizens and policymakers to assess due to the complex nature of the policy lifecycle. With the opening of data by public administrations, there is now a greater opportunity for transparency, accountability, and evidence-based decision making in the policymaking process. In representative democracies, citizens rely on their elected representatives and local administrations to take policy decisions that address societal challenges and add value to their local communities. Citizens now have the opportunity to assess the impact and values of the policies introduced by their elected representatives and hold them accountable by utilizing historical open data that is publicly available. Using a qualitative case study in a UK Local Government Authority, this article examines how e-participation platforms and the use of open data can facilitate more factual, evidence-based, and transparent policy decision making and evaluation. From a theoretical stance, this article contributes to the policy lifecycle and e-participation literature. The article also offers valuable insights to public administrations on how open data can be utilized for evidence-based policy decision making and evaluation.
1532-7744
64-79
Choi, Youngseok
928c489e-7c5b-42fc-bad8-77ce717ba106
Choi, Youngseok
928c489e-7c5b-42fc-bad8-77ce717ba106

Choi, Youngseok (2016) The role of e-participation and open data in evidence-based policy decision making in local government. Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, 26 (1-2), 64-79. (doi:10.1080/10919392.2015.1125171).

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The relationships between policies, their values, and outcomes are often difficult for citizens and policymakers to assess due to the complex nature of the policy lifecycle. With the opening of data by public administrations, there is now a greater opportunity for transparency, accountability, and evidence-based decision making in the policymaking process. In representative democracies, citizens rely on their elected representatives and local administrations to take policy decisions that address societal challenges and add value to their local communities. Citizens now have the opportunity to assess the impact and values of the policies introduced by their elected representatives and hold them accountable by utilizing historical open data that is publicly available. Using a qualitative case study in a UK Local Government Authority, this article examines how e-participation platforms and the use of open data can facilitate more factual, evidence-based, and transparent policy decision making and evaluation. From a theoretical stance, this article contributes to the policy lifecycle and e-participation literature. The article also offers valuable insights to public administrations on how open data can be utilized for evidence-based policy decision making and evaluation.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2 December 2015
e-pub ahead of print date: 2 December 2015
Published date: 7 May 2016

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Local EPrints ID: 437734
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/437734
ISSN: 1532-7744
PURE UUID: 37f51ccf-984b-457d-b648-5709d41a0675
ORCID for Youngseok Choi: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9842-5231

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Last modified: 23 May 2020 00:47

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