Jet-lag grabbed me this morning. In the afternoon, while rain flooded some areas of São Paulo, I read and made notes on Brian Wampler‘s Participatory budgeting in Brazil: contestation, cooperation and accountability. This book examines PB in 8 Brazilian cities, including São Paulo, but was published in 2007. A few things have happened since then…
I spent most of today working on a presentation. One of our partners, Leandro Ramos, has contacted the relevant department of São Paulo’s city administration. It turns out they are very keen to hear how participatory budgeting (PB) works in Scotland. This is great, because
I’m involved in setting up and running this year’s LeithChooses PB process, and so can speak from some experience of how a small group of dedicated, unpaid volunteers are working together to run and improved version of a civic process.
We can hear from some people who know how PB in São Paulo really works.
So here we are in São Paulo, after little sleep, some wondering about and far too much walking from gate to gate, only just making the second and third flights. I’ve not had anything like enough sleep, which is predictable, but have already seen some fab things. Continue reading →
I’ve just received the following email and certificate:
Dear Dr. Bruce:
Thank you for your participation as a surveyor in 2018 Digital Governance in Municipalities Worldwide: A Longitudinal Assessment of Municipal Websites Throughout the World. Please find a certificate in recognition of your involvement attached here.
Your work is an important contribution to the ongoing effort to evaluate digital governance in large municipalities throughout the world. The survey produces comparative analyses of e-governance and contributes to the e-governance literature. The final research will be published on our website in early 2019; you will find your name listed in the acknowledgements.
Prof. Marc Holzer
National Center for Public Performance
Institute for Public Service – Suffolk University www.publicperformance.org
The first stream will be about developing two end-to-end journeys, taken by people using services, that can be shown to work as a ‘proof of concept’. One will centre on the process of applying for a Child Disability Living Allowance – a benefit that will become the responsibility of the new Scottish social security system in 2020 – with the other relating to the process of applying for the single occupant Council Tax deduction offered by local authorities.
because that implies to me that SG is taking a sensible ‘suck it and see’ approach, rather than trying for a Big Bang that ends up full of issues.
Originally posted on Hazel Hall: Two weeks ago on 11th July 2018 my Centre for Social Informatics colleague Dr Bruce Ryan and I hosted Research Impact Value and LIS (#lis_rival). This was a lively, sell-out one-day event on the theme…
I really enjoyed helping create this event, even though I was a bit nervous because during much of the organisation, the prof was on medical leave and about a week before the event, my left leg started playing very painful silly buggers.
Hazel Hall and Bruce Ryan recently organised a very successful one-day event bringing together Library and Information Science researchers, users, and end-user beneficiaries to explore the impact and value of LIS research to services delivery in practice. The event aimed to encourage the strengthening of links between these interacting communities, to help narrow gaps between LIS research and practice, and to lay the ground for future research-related support and collaborations across the sector.