results of the studies summarized here will significantly advance
knowledge and practice in digital government by examining institutions,
networks, deliberation, and policymaking processes. Our research
efforts will produce important literature reviews, data collection
instruments and protocols, and data analysis techniques that will
strengthen digital government research. The joint products of this
endeavor will include at least two major books, more than twelve
substantial scholarly articles, and a policy web forum that will be a
prototype for other such forums. In addition, the twelve NSF digital
government doctoral fellows will each author at least one paper resulting
in about twelve more published articles.
faculty and research assistants work closely on research activities as
well as on the broader infrastructure building activities as a research
group under the coordination of Jane Fountain, the project director.
In a biweekly digital government seminar, core research team members,
researchers from partner universities, government agencies, and other
institutions, doctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduate
research assistants meet to discuss and present research and related
infrastructure building activities.
National Center is intended explicitly to have a major impact on the
infrastructure that advances knowledge and practice in the domain of
digital government. In addition to the activities described here, we
anticipate a number of partnerships, some already in play, with other
university researchers, with government agencies, nonprofits and the
relevant private sector firms. We expect our joint research and
network-building activities to catalyze digital government research,
particularly in the social sciences, through the publication of our work,
relationships with colleagues throughout the country, guidance to graduate
students and the digital government fellows and the stream of joint
activities that are likely to emerge rapidly as spin-offs to those
described here. We expect that the ripple effect from our joint
efforts outward through our professional networks will have a substantial
and visible effect on knowledge and practice across a wide variety of
settings and specialties. In addition, the Center for Public Policy and Administration is unusual
in its combination of research and teaching. The history of the
school involves a creative, ongoing tension between theory and practice as
faculty strive to balance scholarly research programs with practical
problem solving and close work with policymakers and government executives
and decision makers. We anticipate the production of teaching cases,
executive programs, and a range of educational materials and tools to be
jointly produced that will be used across the globe.
University of Massachusetts Amherst is unique in its reach into all levels of government.
We use this institutional capacity to help build the national
infrastructure for digital government research and practice by convening
influential decision makers, by fostering collaboration across university
programs in technology and government, and by using our leadership
position to galvanize support for digital government research and to
advance practice in this challenging and urgently needed domain.
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