New local eGovernment report: Darebin eForum Evaluation23 August, 2007
|By Allison Orr|
Dr Lucas Walsh from the Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights at Deakin University has just completed an evaluation of the Darebin eForum.
The Darebin eForum is a local government online consultation strategy which uses the Internet to enable citizens to provide feedback to government. It was started as a four-month pilot project in 2004 as a simple email-based platform. At the conclusion of the pilot it was decided by Darebin Council to continue the forum on an ongoing basis, and it was launched on a new platform in March 2006. It serves as an online discussion forum for people who live, work, study, or have a general interest in the City of Darebin.
The report is an evaluation of the forum which covers the period March 2006 to July 2007.
There are seven recommendations provided in the report, including:
- Ensuring the representation of interests – in order to seek the views and input of as many residents and stakeholders as possible, it is recommended that the strategy employed to recruit participations to the eForum be evaluated.
- Linking discussion topics to policy – forum participants would like to know that their participation is valuable to Councillors and plays some role in the development of policy.
- Developing a continuum of engagement – the expansion and enhancement of eConsultation in Darebin requires strategic planning that takes into consideration a continuum of citizen engagement.
Read the full report here: Darebin eForum Evaluation Report, August 2007
Read the pilot project report here: Darebin eForum Pilot Project Evaluation Report, December 2004