A public values approach for using digital technologies to enhance local democracy

Ideas from the “A public values approach for using digital technologies to enhance local democracy” workshop at #notwestminster 2015, hosted by Paul Hepburn.

Paul Hepburn at #notwestminster
Paul Hepburn at #notwestminster – photo NotWestminster (14 of 30) by Anthony Mckeown

Workshop challenge

How can we create more collaborative, inclusive and democratic processes for developing policy and delivering public services? Public values are an important place to start in this discussion as they focus on what has meaning for people, not what public administrators think might be best for them.


The three ideas

Flag created by Juan Pablo Bravo from The Noun Project

  1. Organisations have to use digital technologies to explain and open-up decision-making processes.
  2. Use digital technologies to connect individuals with community organisations.
  3. Find a council or part of a council to trial a public values approach to local service delivery.

 

Want to join us in working on one or more of these ideas?
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Placard

Public values placard

 


Tweets

 


About the workshop host

Dr Paul HepburnDr Paul Hepburn
Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Practice, University of Liverpool

Dr Paul Hepburn is a post–doctoral researcher for the Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Practice at the University of Liverpool. Paul was awarded a PhD studentship at the University of Manchester in 2007 to examine the impact of the internet on local democracy. This followed a 20 year career in local government primarily working in policy development and delivery that latterly focused on e-government initiatives.

Most recently he has worked upon evaluating local policy innovations such as the Liverpool Mayoral model and the co-production of tablet technology for elderly people.



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    […] Paul Hepburn (Liverpool University) advocated councils as guardians of public value, with quality of life as an objective rather than output or outcome targets. How might digital technologies facilitate opportunities for co-production, enhancing feelings of engagement and empowerment? More about Paul’s workshop […]

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