Co-Creating a (Simple) Evaluation Canvas for Open Government Civic Tech

15:10 - 16:30
Room 211, Shaw Centre

Measuring impact of civic tech and opengov can sometimes focus heavily on quantitative metrics like “datasets shared” or “daily active users” when the real impact is often broad, cultural, and long-standing. In addition, many of these tools require financial resources, often lacking. How can civil society and governments develop better practices of documenting and measuring the impact of their work to promote an accurate, holistic evaluation of cultural and social progress through open government, civic engagement, and transparency? The objective is to create a simple but powerful canvas that help plan and measure immediate and long-term results of projects, accounting also for indirect results and changes - often overlooked. Three lightning talks will share evidence of direct and secondary (often unexpected) impacts, including policy changes, improved workflows in partner public agencies, and reduced prices for public services. The workshop will then move to work in groups, exploring the tools and metrics in use by civic tech advocates and aim to adapt them into an evaluation canvas, relevant across cultural contexts. Insights from this workshop will be developed into a public-facing evaluation canvas published by workshop facilitators for any civil society partners to use in their civic tech and open government projects.

Theme: Impact

Livestream: No

Open to media: Yes

Organizers: DATA Uruguay, Sunlight Foundation, Iniciativa Latinoamericana por los Datos Abiertos (ILDA), BetaNYC

Languages available: English, French

Event type: Workshop

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