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Hey NCDD members: You’re kind of a Big Deal!

Our recent discussion on evaluation and metrics was mentioned on the White House website today in an Open Gov Initiative post written by Lisa Ellman and Hollie Russon Gilman on their progress so far on gathering input for the second National Action Plan on Open Government. (Pretty cool!)

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The post, titled “Open Government is an Open Conversation” acknowledged a great meeting I attended two weeks ago run by NCDD member Tina Nabatchi of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, along with several White House staff members, federal agency employees focused on public participation and open gov, and several other leaders in the participation/open gov realm (including NCDD members Kyle Bozentko, Wayne Burke, Lucas Cioffi, Daniel Clark, Matt Leighninger, and Pat Scully).

I had used the NCDD Discussion list and this blog post to tap into members’ knowledge and opinions on assessment and metrics as a way to inform my and others’ participation in Tina’s meeting.  The discussion was rich, though I hope we can dig further into these issues of measurement soon.

Here’s what the post said about the meeting and the NCDD engagement:

Syracuse University Professor Tina Nabatchi of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs convened a “Public Participation and Open Government Workshop.”  At the workshop, experts from academia, civil society, and government exchanged ideas with the goal of developing best practices and metrics for public participation in policymaking. And leading up to the workshop, the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation held an online dialogue to solicit ideas around public participation evaluation and metrics.

See the post at www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/07/03/open-government-open-conversation for the full details.

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Sandy Heierbacher is the Founding Director of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). Sandy has an M.A. in International Management from SIT Graduate Institute, and also serves as a Research Deputy for the Kettering Foundation. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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