Make Government More Effective
“We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation,and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government”
President Barack Obama, Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies
Government agencies at the Federal, state and local levels are being asked to change the way that they operate. Budget deficits are forcing them to eliminate ineffective programs and replace them with more cost-effective ways of doing business.
At the same time, citizens are demanding more transparency, and a higher level of participation, in the governing process. To effectively fulfill their mission and to develop policies that best serve the needs of citizens, government agencies must remove the barriers between the government and the governed.
What if you could reduce the cost of expensive outreach and communications programs while simultaneously improving the quality of citizen participation in government?
A Citizen Community built on the community platform is simply the best way to involve your constituents in the governing process. Connecting government employees, elected officials, and constituents together in an online community creates far more opportunities for exchanging ideas and information than traditional methods of outreach and communications. This improves the quality of policy decisions and the delivery of essential government services – at a fraction of the cost.
Government agencies that build Citizen Communities on the Leverage Platform can achieve breakthrough results, including:
Soliciting public feedback and input is a cornerstone of the governing process, but traditional methods are expensive and limited in their reach. When government officials travel to locations throughout the state to meet with your constituents, you incur significant costs and you only reach the a small segment of the population. A Citizen Community allows all citizens to be part of the governing process – at a lower cost. Group discussions in the community are ongoing conversations that everyone can contribute to and learn from – regardless of time or location.
When designed and managed effectively, a Citizen Community can become an active meeting-place for all concerned stakeholders, and a communication hub for sharing ideas and information. Conversations that occur within the community are immediately available for public review and comment. Stakeholders from the government and citizenry can collaborate and contribute to the body of knowledge that will inform policy decisions. Government officials have convenient access to the public for communicating important information in real-time.
Now that’s "government of the people, by the people, for the people."
Case Study: Learn how The Kansas Department of Transportation is tearing down barriers between the government and governed.