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Title: The role of e-participation and open data in evidence-based policy decision making in local government
Authors: Sivarajah, U
Weerakkody, V
Waller, P
Lee, H
Irani, Z
Choi, Y
Morgan, R
Glikman, Y
Keywords: Decision making;e-participation;Information and communications technology (ICT);Local government authority;Open data;Policymaking
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, 26:1-2, pp. 64 - 79, (2016)
Abstract: The relationships between policies, their values and outcomes are often difficult for citizens and policy makers 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 policy making 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 utilising historical open data that is publicly available. Using a qualitative case study in a UK Local Government Authority, this paper 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 paper contributes to the policy lifecycle and e-participation literature. The paper also offers valuable insights to public administrations on how open data can be utilised for evidence-based policy decision making and evaluation
ISSN: 1532-7744
Appears in Collections:Brunel Business School Research Papers

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