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1 EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum, Lille, October 2009 IPTS Exploratory Research on ICT-enabled governance models in EU cities Gianluca Misuraca IPTS Information Society Unit EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum, Lille, October 2009 The views expressed by the author are not necessarily those of the EC 1

2 Outline EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum, Lille, October Introduction IPTS and the Information Society Unit IPTS Research Agenda on ICT for Governance 2. Exploratory Research Project (ExpGov) Problem Statement & Research Questions Research Plan & Expected Outcomes 3. Methodological issues & discussion Towards an ICT-enabled city governance assessment framework Draft mapping questionnaire to identify key city governance policy areas impacted by ICTs and significant case studies

3 Institute for Prospective Technological Studies EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum, Lille, October IPTS: Part of DG JRC of the EC: 7 Research Institutes across Europe Mission: to provide customerdriven support to the EU policymaking process by researching science-based responses to policy challenges that have both a socio-economic as well as a scientific or technological dimension

4 IPTS Information Society Unit (WP2010) EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum, Lille, October ICT for addressing key European challenges re-start economic growth, ensure long-term competitiveness, fight unemployment and reinforce social cohesion International Digital Economy Analysis Analysing the European ICT and Content industries Applied econometric analysis of the Digital Economy Techno-economic Impacts Enabling Societal Change Role of ICT in digital identity and information search ICT for Health and Quality of Life Socio-Economic Analysis on the potential of ICT for Learning, Skilling and Inclusion ICT for Learning, Creativity and Skills ICT for cultural diversity and socio-economic inclusion

5 IPTS Research agenda on ICT for Governance EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum, Lille, October Research on e-government in the EU in the next decade: the vision and key challenges (IPTS, 2004) Research on New trends in Technologies and enablers for applications for the future government in 2020 (IPTS, 2006) Research on The Future of e-government: an exploration of ICT-driven models of e-government for the EU in 2020 (IPTS 2007) Exploratory Research focused on understanding the present and future policy impacts of Social Computing on Government and Public Services: Web2.0 in Government: Why & How? (2008) Public Services 2.0: The impact of Social Computing on public services (2009) IPTS Reference Report on the impact of Social Computing on the EU Information Society and Economy (2009) Chapter on Social Computing and Governance, (Misuraca, IPTS, 2009) Exploratory Research on ICT-enabled governance models in EU cities ( ) FP7 SA CROSSROAD: a participatory roadmap on ICT for Governance & Policy Modelling (2010)

6 Aim of the presentation EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum, Lille, October To present the IPTS Exploratory Research Project (ExpGov) To exchange & validate the methodological approach proposed To discuss implementation challenges and research interest To discuss the draft mapping questionnaire to identify: key city governance policy areas impacted by ICTs & possible city case studies

7 Problem Statement EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum, Lille, October Over the last decade there has been a growing awareness of the need to better use ICTs for increasing citizens' participation and opening-up governance models innovative experiences and pilot projects at city government level While traditional ways of governing and engaging citizens will continue, the use of ICTs to enhance public service delivery, policy development and decision-making provides opportunities for cities to engage and involve citizens and local communities in new ways leading to possible novel models of ICT-enabled governance systems ICTs are generating changes in the city government systems But the effects of such changes on governance processes and their implications on specific policy areas are yet to be demonstrated Attempts to assess the effects of ICTs on governance processes and their implications and impacts on specific policy areas are lacking or where existing incomplete or difficult to use for comparison in other contexts or at EU level

8 Research Questions EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum, Lille, October The core research question underpinning the analysis is the following: What new ICT-enabled governance models are emerging at city level in Europe? Operational sub-questions: a. Which are the main dimensions of change of new ICT-enabled governance models emerging in European cities? b. What are the effects of the changes driven by ICTs on the interaction 1) within the city administration and 2) between the city government and other stakeholders in a specific policy domain? c. What are the implications of new ICT-enabled governance models on a specific policy domain?

9 EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum, Lille, October Development of a framework to assess the main dimensions of change of ICT-enabled governance models at city level 2. Selection of key city governance policy areas most impacted by ICTs and cases to be analysed in-depth, in collaboration with cities 3. Case Studies Analysis: i. Interviews and questionnaires ii. Collection of available documentation and data iii. Analysis of cases to understand the effects of changes driven by ICTs and their implications on a specific policy domain 4. Cross-cases assessment and discussion of i. key drivers of changes and their consequences for ICT-enabled governance ii. implications on the policy domain under investigation 5. Validation of findings with city representatives and other stakeholders 6. Final Report, including: i. Policy recommendations and ii. future research agenda Research Plan Timeframe: September 2009 September 2010

10 Expected Outcomes EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum, Lille, October Contribution to policy to inform policy-makers at EU, MS and local level about the implications of changes driven by ICTs on new and emerging ICT-enabled governance models in EU cities and to demonstrate evidence of the impacts of changes that ICTs are producing on city governance models and in the specific policy area under investigation Contribution to knowledge & practice to consolidate scientific evidence of the implications of changes driven by ICTs on city governance models in the EU and enrich the knowledge base in the research domain of ICT for governance with a twofold perspective: 1) From a methodological perspective: contributing to develop and enhance methodologies and tools to trigger governance and policy assessment while focusing on the interactions between innovative ICT-enabled processes and mechanisms with emerging forms of city governance 2) From a practical-oriented perspective: analysing the drivers of change of emerging ICT-enabled governance models and examining their outcomes at both institutional level and within the city governance structure

11 EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum, Lille, October Some Methodological Issues to start the discussion

12 Governance dimensions and mechanisms EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum, Lille, October Good governance characteristics Governance mechanisms Sources: OECD (2001), UN, (1997, 2007) and Morner, M., (2009) Governance mechanisms

13 Governance dimensions and value drivers : towards an assessment framework EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum, Lille, October Reclassifying governance dimensions Good governance characteristic "Public value drivers" (and related Governance Dimensions) Effectiveness and Efficiency Performance (Effectiveness, Efficiency and responsiveness) Responsiveness Participation Transparency Openness (accessibility to information and accountability i.e. transparency and feedback) Consensus oriented Accountability Rule of Law Social Inclusion (equity and inclusiveness) Equity and inclusiveness and exploring the role of ICTs for better governance

14 Role of participating Cities EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum, Lille, October ) Discuss & provide feedback (today) i. Research objectives & approach ii. Feasibility & challenges iii. Review the draft mapping Questionnaire 2) Mapping analysis (30 th Nov.2009): i. Respond to the mapping questionnaire ii. Identify and propose specific project/initiatives 3) Review and validate methodological approach (1 st Q-2010) i. Review and validate framework assessment ii. Develop and agree a common methodological approach 4) Data gathering (if interested/suitable for case study analysis) (2 nd Q-2010): i. Support identifying a number of experts (circa 15) ii. Support collecting responses to questionnaires iii. Support collecting relevant data and documentation 5) Contributing to the validation activities of the research (3 rd Q-2010): i. Contributing validating case studies analysis ii. Contributing validating cross-cases analysis iii. Contributing validating Final report (serving as co-authors if interested/available)

15 Draft mapping questionnaire EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum, Lille, October Objectives: to identify key city governance policy areas most impacted by ICTs to collect candidate case studies to be analysed in-depth Structure: 10 open-ended questions divided into 3 main sections: A. What key city governance policy areas ICTs impact most and what governance changes are driven by ICTs? B. What new ICT-enabled Governance models are emerging and which are their key socio-economic implications? C. Identification of possible case studies

16 Key Questions EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum, Lille, October Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 Q6 Q7 Q8 Q9 In your experience, have you witnessed significant 'change' in governance from the application of ICTs to the governance process in your city? Which are the policy areas that in your city are impacted most by ICTs? Can you provide examples of what has changed in the city governance process? What are the main impacts ICTs produced on: a) Decision-making process; b) Legal and regulatory frameworks; c) Service delivery? What has changed in relation to the interaction among city administration institutional stakeholders? What has changed in relation to the interaction between the city government and other stakeholders? Are new forms of ICT-enabled governance models emerging in your city? If yes, which are the main drivers of changes of these new and emerging ICT-enabled governance models? If yes, what are the key socio-economic implications that new ICT-enabled governance models are generating in your city? Q10 Could you provide with an example of specific projects/initiatives you would like to propose as a possible case study to be analysed in-depth?

17 Open discussion (30 minutes) EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum, Lille, October Discussion & Review of: Research Project Proposal i. Research objectives ii. Methodological approach iii. Interest, feasibility, challenges Draft mapping Questionnaire i. Clear? ii. Complete? iii. Possible to answer? ICT-enabled city governance assessment framework i. Useful? ii. Feasible? iii. Measurement challenges?

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