ICA, International Council for Information Technology in Government Administration
Phase 2 Evaluation of the WeGov field trials continues

Phase 2 evaluation of the WeGov has reached its cruise speed. Numerous events and individual feedback collecting interviews are taking place till early May 2012, involving members from the European Parliament, the German Bundestag and the State Parliament of Nordrhein-Westfalen, in Germany.

The GESIS field trial continues with meetings with members of the State Parliament Nordrhein-Westfalen after the elections on 13th of May 2012. GESIS originally would meet with policy-makers on the occasion of the “Science meets Parliament” event hosted by the State Parliament Nordrhein-Westfalen, in Germany on the 25th of April 2012. Due to the fact that the elections were in short notice, the event has been cancelled. However, meetings with the members of the State Parliament Nordrhein-Westfalen will take place after the forthcoming elections, when GESIS will get the opportunity to meet with policy-makers. The meeting will address Parliamentarians to suggest using solutions, methods and tools development by different Leibniz organizations. GESIS will introduce the WeGov Toolbox via a presentation with the title “Using Facebook, Twitter and Co. for the decision-making process - Enriching the dialogue with citizens by monitoring opinions and identifying local topics", gathering participants’ feedback. GESIS is in contact to the MPs that have shown their interest and is planning to meet interested MPs after the elections.

Gov2u is also preparing for the Phase 2 Evaluation. The Gov2u field trials are focused on engaging with members of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) of the European Parliament as well as other European Parliament members. The purpose of the trials is to present the current version of the WeGov toolbox (prototype 2.5) to the members of the European Parliament and to gather their evaluation feedback. The field trials with members from the European Parliament are scheduled for May 2012.

WeGov Consortium partner Hansard Society, also involved with WeGov field trials (user-engagement), organizes an event to be held in the Westminster Parliament, in September 2012, to highlight the WeGov project to new stakeholders within the UK, and to explore the issues and opportunities relating to politicians and policy-makers use of social media for policy-making and citizen engagement.

Meanwhile the user engagement activities have been extended to assess the added value of the WeGov tools to and collect new perspectives from other types of users like local authorities and political parties. The overall outcome of these user trials will be consolidated and communicated soon.

The overall results of the Phase 2 Evaluation of the WeGov field trials will be consolidated and communicated in due time on the project’s website.