Title: Designing the e-participation artefact

Authors: Clive Sanford, Jeremy Rose

Addresses: Department of Management Information Systems, College of Commerce, National Chengchi University, 64 ZhiNan Rd., Sec. 2, Wenshan, Taipei 11605, Taiwan. ' Computer Science Department, Aalborg University, Aalborg 92220, Denmark

Abstract: When e-participation is considered in the context of applied research, researchers support government institutions by enabling technology for citizens who participate in policy-making. Governments| e-participation agendas involve a variety of different design activities; for example, designing new administrative procedures, computer literacy programs, or creating new laws. Design science aids the creation and evaluation of artefacts that are intended to find solutions to identified problems in a rigorous way. We therefore characterise three different types of e-participation design activities: conceptualisation, development, and dissemination, and show how design science principles are used to improve rigour and relevance in this kind of research.

Keywords: e-participation; e-government; e-democracy; design science; policy cycle; policy issue networks; electronic business; e-business; electronic participation; electronic democracy; electronic government; artefacts; public participation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEB.2008.021875

International Journal of Electronic Business, 2008 Vol.6 No.6, pp.572 - 589

Published online: 08 Dec 2008 *

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