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Journal Article

A Public Value Evaluation of e‑Government Policies  pp61-72

Walter Castelnovo, Massimo Simonetta

© Jun 2008 Volume 11 Issue 2, Editor: Dan Remenyi, pp51 - 108

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Public Administration aims at producing value for citizens; the use of ICTs to improve government and governance, as implied by e‑Government, can be considered as a means to increase the public value produced by Public Administration. As a consequence, the policies for e‑Government can be evaluated according to their ability to increase the Public Administration capacity of producing public value, both for citizens as users and citizens as operators of Public Administration. In the first case, the policies for e‑Government can be evaluated with respect to the quality of the services delivered to citizens; in the latter case they can be evaluated with respect to their ability to improve the system of Public Administration. In this paper, we describe a public value evaluation of two different systems of support to e‑Government projects implemented in Lombardy Region (Italy). Both systems support Small Local Government Organizations that set up aggregations in order to implement innovation projects. The two systems we will consider concern the funding for e‑ Government projects according to the Italian National Action Plan for e‑Government and the Regional Government funding for the implementation of Inter‑organizational Information Systems for Local Government (SISCoTEL). Considering the stability in time, the attractivity and the level of trust within the funded aggregations as indicators of public value (considered from an internal point of view), in the paper we will use data concerning the Local Government in Lombardy to compare the two supporting models according to their capacity to set up aggregations that are stable, attractive and that could strengthen the level of trust among the partners. In section 1 we will describe some of the actions currently in use in Italy to support the spread of E‑Government at a local level. In section 2 we will describe the models for supporting innovation implemented in the National Action Plan for e‑ Government and in the Regional Plan for the activation of SISCoTELs. In section 3 we will compare the main characteristics of the two supporting models. Finally, in section 4 we will evaluate the two models, from a public value point of view, with respect to their capacity to strengthen the cooperation among Local Government organizations.

 

Keywords: e-Government, public value, local government, inter-municipal cooperation

 

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Journal Article

Empirical Examination of e‑Government in Developing Countries and its Value in Kenya’s Public Service  pp35-45

Kennedy Okong’o, Michael Kyobe

© Feb 2018 Volume 21 Issue 1, Editor: Shaun Pather, pp1 - 45

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In the last two decades, Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) have become a strategic tool of management in developing countries. In specific, Electronic Government enhances governance in the public sector; e‑Government being the use of ICTs in public service. Though information systems as a discipline presents some research on the value of ICTs in the private sector, the focus on the public sector is comparatively thin. Informed by the model of public value management, the paper sought to identify the dimensions of the public value of e‑Government. Thus, a framework was adapted and tested on data collected in a survey of 340 public service officers in Kenya. Through structural equation modeling, an e‑Government public value model was generated, and this formed the main contribution of the paper. At a theoretical level, the model demonstrated cognizance of e‑governance multi‑faceted nature, and as such may inform the development of full‑bodied policies to drive efficiency in public service delivery. The model may aid in elucidation of the drivers which inform the use, or fear of use of e‑government infrastructure. In addition, at a methodological level, the paper suggests the place of mixed methods in information systems research. This aids in understanding the unique qualitative and quantitative measures of perception of public value of e‑Government. In this regard, the estimated model shows the magnitude of influence of e‑Government on various dimensions of public values. In practice, these present a suitable reference to guide the formulation and restructuring of e‑Governance policies and strategies in the developing countries. Though the paper presents a positivistic evidence, it is imprecise on whether the evident values enhance or deteriorate public service quality; thus, possible future research is suggested.

 

Keywords: Developing Countries, e-Government, Information System, Kenya, Public Value Management, Structural Equations Modeling

 

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Journal Issue

Volume 12 Issue 1, ECIME 2008 / Jan 2009  pp1‑118

Editor: Dan Remenyi

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Keywords: benefits realisation, clinical trials, data integrity, decision making, e-government, ERP, evaluation process, evaluation results, evaluation use, government policy, ICT adoption, information and communications technology (ICT), inter-municipal cooperation, interpretative evaluation methodology, IS evaluation, IS failures, KPI, local government, NHS, organisational and personal trust, organisational goals, outsourcing, principal agent theory, public value, skills, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), software development

 

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