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AWARD PUTS E-DEMOCRACY AT THE HEART OF E-GOVERNMENT

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An award for e-involvement aimed at organisations working in local governance who are effectively using technology ...
An award for e-involvement aimed at organisations working in local governance who are effectively using technology to improve dialogue between local residents and service providers is launched today by the IPPR (Institute for Public Policy Research), Britain's leading centre-left think tank and supported by the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA).
The e-involvement award will identify and highlight best practice in e-governance initiatives that give citizens a real voice in local decision-making. The IPPR is looking for examples of e-democracy in practice.
This might be a local authority that is using email to effectively consult citizens on service delivery issues or an organisation that has empowered a community to make decisions collectively through the use of technology.
IDeA is actively supporting and guiding those working in local government to get to grips with the e-government agenda and is supporting the awards in order to highlight best practice in this area.
The e-involvement award is part of the Public Involvement Awards for 2001 launched by the IPPR and The Guardian newspaper. The aim of the awards is to identify those organisations with a genuine commitment to involving the public in decision-making.
The IPPR/Guardian Public Involvement Awards were established last year to recognise and celebrate organisations doing excellent work in involving the public, consumers, employees and other stakeholders in decision making. IPPR's vision is one where public involvement is fully integrated into the decision making processes of the public, private, voluntary and community sectors. The Public Involvement Awards provide a national focus for examples of best practice. Last year twelve organisations were awarded for exciting and groundbreaking projects and achieved national publicity and recognition.
The Public Involvement Awards 2001 were launched on Wednesday 16th May 2001 on the IPPR website. Further information and application forms can be downloaded from the IPPR website. The closing date for entries is 31st July 2001.
Judging panel members:
Anna Coote (chair) The King's Fund
David Boyland National Assembly for Wales
Stuart EtheringtonNational Council for Voluntary Organisations
Paul GreeningCabinet Office
Amanda JordanThe Smart Company
Loraine MartinsOffice for Public Management
Margaret Moran MPMember of Parliament for Luton North
Frances O?GradyTrades Union Congress
Michael ParkesIndependent Consultant
Janet Rutherford Local Government Association
Lisa SibleyCambridge City Council (last year's winners)
Saranjit SihotaNational Consumers Council
Barrie TaylorCommunity Health Council Development Association
Matthew TaylorDirector, IPPR
Mike TuffreyThe Corporate Citizenship Company
Paolo VestriScottish Local Government Information Unit

Last year's winners were: Cambridge City Council; The Big Issue on the North Trust; Milton Keynes Council's Advisory Group on Travellers; Bristol City Council's Education Department; Lewisham LBC; Trafford South Primary Care Group; South Ayrshire Council.
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