The eGovernment research projects undertaken by the STE Lab are directed by Mary Feeney and Eric Welch. Our work in this area focuses on the use of technology for management, service delivery, digital divide and civic engagement. Some studies have examined adoption and effects of adoption of new information and communication technologies on the management processes and outcomes of public organizations, while others have investigated the effect of new technology deployment by government on citizens. The research questions addressed concern many of the traditional themes of public administration and governance including equity, efficiency and effectiveness. Project details are listed below.
The emerging and important area of social computing, or the support of social behavior through computing technologies, is expected to have significant implications for the conduct of work in modern organizations.
Evaluating Engagement Through Technology: Digital Excellence Demonstration Communities in the Chicago Region
This project consists of the design and baseline interviews for an evaluation of an innovative project to integrate digital inclusion initiatives into community-building efforts in several low-income Chicago neighborhoods.
This research aims to develop and administer a national survey of state and local government agencies to examine the extent to which different agencies utilize technology (Internet and non-Internet based) to seek input from citizens and other stakeholders. It is funded by the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE) at UIC.
The Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE) is a new organization at the University of Illinois at Chicago primarily funded by the State of Illinois. IPCE’s mission is to “transform democracy by creating a more fully engaged citizenry with more effective leaders”.