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3 steps toward embracing Government 2.0

June 19, 2013

The Government 2.0 movement is one of the most beneficial strategies any state, county or local council can adopt. First coined in 2005, the term Government 2.0 indicates the embracing of advanced technology solutions to improve operations from legislative management software to meeting agenda announcements. The trend, which is more of a strategy, is intended to help government offices become more transparent, more cost effective and more efficient. However, it requires key steps be adhered to in order to ensure success.

Focus on problems
Government 2.0 is about improving operations and the best way to accomplish this task is to fix the problem areas first. If a local council struggles to get the public engaged with meetings, invest in meeting agenda management software to ensure the community is reached. If the problem is adherence to transparency standards, invest in the right technology to fix this issue first. By understanding where the weak areas of operations are and addressing them in order of need and importance, government offices can improve themselves faster and embrace the Government 2.0 trend more effectively.

The same solutions don't work for everyone, and that is one of the first lessons a government office is going to need to learn. Local councils will need to adapt their technology investments to th?eir own needs and invest in the tools that will most benefit them, not the ones that the next county over did. Additionally, offices need to consider sustainability and flexibility. Will the technology adapt over time to the current needs of the administration, or will it need to be replaced? Knowing these issues will help agencies make the right decisions the first time.

Engage the public
Often, Government 2.0 changes focus on internal operations, but the main focus should always be the public. How will the solutions that are implemented affect public access to information, meetings and more? If community engagement is worsened, instead of improved, a government office will be taking a step backward, not forward. Optimally, every investment will improve operations, transparency and efficiency, allowing firms to speed up future enhancements and maintain a steady balance of technology versus engagement.

By following these steps and keeping them in mind through out any adoption of technology, government offices can ensure success. IQM2's high-quality legislative management software will be a key factor in any Government 2.0 strategy, allowing local officials to embrace change with little risk.