eParticipation for Lurkers and Stand-by Citizens? Evaluating a Norwegian Rapid Feedback eParticipation System
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Original versionJohannessen, M. R. & Berntzen, L. (2020). eParticipation for Lurkers and Stand-by Citizens? Evaluating a Norwegian Rapid Feedback eParticipation System. International Conference on Digital Society and eGovernments (ICDS), 10, 117-123. https://www.iaria.org/conferences2020/ProgrameTELEMED20.html
This paper presents an evaluation of an eParticipation system for rapid feedback and dialogue between citizens and politicians. The system consists of a mobile application with survey-like functionality and a methodology for politicians' use of the app. We report the findings from our evaluation of a pilot involving five Norwegian municipalities. Our findings clearly show that this type of system has the potential to engage so-called lurkers and standby citizens to provide feedback on politicians' concrete issues. Further, the system's complexity level places it between existing systems for open/unstructured debate and systems that are more complex. Both politicians and participating citizens report that they were happy with the pilot results and would like to continue using the system. A test of an extended version of the system is planned in 2021.