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An Ethnographic Approach to Impact Evaluation: Stop Measuring Outputs, Start Understanding Experiences

BY Panthea Lee | Friday, May 17 2013

In this post for Backchannel, our ongoing conversation between practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics, Panthea Lee, an expert in technology for international development, outlines the approach to research and evaluation that informs the work of Reboot, the service design firm where she is a principal. Read More

[BackChannel] Why You Should Test (Almost) Everything

BY Benjamin Simon and Jim Pugh | Monday, May 6 2013

In this post for Backchannel, veteran Democratic Party online campaigners Jim Pugh and Benjamin Simon argue that the "analyze everything" approach to advocacy — newly popular after Obama for America 2012 — has its limits. Read More

[BackChannel] Is Open Government Working?

BY Panthea Lee | Tuesday, March 26 2013

In this post for Backchannel, our ongoing conversation between practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics, Panthea Lee, an expert in technology for international development, writes that NGOs and other funders evaluating "open government" should focus less on the "open" and more on the "government." Read More

[Backchannel] Why Seattle's 'Debate 2.0' Never Happened

BY Diane Douglas | Thursday, March 7 2013

In this post for Backchannel, our ongoing series of contributions from practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics, Seattle's Diane Douglas goes behind the scenes to explain why last year's effort by civic activists to reinvent Washington state's gubernatorial debates came crashing to the ground. Read More

[BackChannel] Unequal Participation: Open Government's Unresolved Dilemma?

BY Tiago Peixoto | Friday, February 15 2013

In this post for Backchannel, our ongoing conversation between practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics, participatory budgeting researcher Tiago Peixoto writes that research in New York has revealed a way to involve people in governance that is far more inclusive than the way city decision-making currently operates. Read More

[BackChannel] 2013: The Year of the Jilted Tweep?

BY Edward Erikson and Matthew MacWilliams | Friday, February 8 2013

In this post for Backchannel, our ongoing conversation between practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics, media and communications professor Edward Erikson and communications consultant Matthew MacWilliams argue that members of Congress who tune out Twitter after Election Day are taking their social-media lives into their own hands. Read More

[BackChannel] Of Online Ads, Arun Chaudhary Asks: What Would P.T. Barnum Do?

BY Arun Chaudhary | Wednesday, November 7 2012

Arun Chaudhary, the first White House videographer, posits in this BackChannel piece looking back on the 2012 campaign that the 30-second ad is "DOA." In that case, he asks, what's next for campaigns hoping to capture the attention of voters in the circus of politics?

BackChannel an ongoing series of guest posts from practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics that, taken in aggregate, form a running conversation about the future of campaigns and government.

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[BackChannel] Ed Mullen: Five Reasons to Be a Presidential Innovation Fellow

BY Ed Mullen | Friday, June 8 2012

In the latest installment of BackChannel, a space for practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics to share ideas and opinions, designer Ed Mullen revisits his experience helping to relaunch Healthcare.gov to explain the importance of the new Presidential Innovation Fellows program. Read More

[BackChannel] Three Problems With Civic Hackathons

BY Mike Mathieu | Wednesday, June 6 2012

In the latest post for Backchannel, our ongoing conversation between practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics, Mike Mathieu critiques civic hackathons as we gear up to host one this weekend. Read More

[BackChannel] Beyond Media Spectacles: Debates as Conversations

BY Mike Mathieu | Wednesday, May 16 2012

In this post for Backchannel, our ongoing conversation between practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics, Mike Mathieu of The Seattle Center Next 50 Debate 2.0 Committee describes an effort in Washington State to reinvent political debate for the 21st century. Read More