I’m at the National Digital Inclusion conference in London today and tomorrow – including a wee slot of my own as part of the e-engagement stream tomorrow morning.
Currently, my idea is to give a quick overview of online petitioning as an example of a maturing e-participation model (maybe one of the most mature?). Starting (of course) with the experience at the Scottish Parliament (which ITC was involved in developing and operating), through later developments up to the EuroPetition project which I am currently involved with. I’ll point out that despite the initital criticisms, No10’s petition system could be seen as a success for e-democracy by moving Parliament forward – and setting the agenda for the mandating of e-petitions (in England and Wales) contained in the current local government bill.
I want to emphasise the need to consider evaluation at all points in an e-participation project – from system design (building in data collection) though to long term reviews of what realm impact the system has had after several years in operation.
Then main thing though is I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing some major figures from UK scene. I’m so used to the European perspective it’ll be a nice change to hear what’s happening in London!