Why is no one using the Civic Tech evidence base?

Christopher Wilson
David Sasaki
Jessica Musila
Nicole Anand
Rosie McGee
Wu Min Hsuan (ttcat)

19 Apr 2018, 3:30 p.m.
Auditorium 2

“We need to know what works in Civic Technology, so that we can design better programs and interventions”.

That fundamental assumption has driven a flurry of practitioner-driven research and funding, but the resulting research outputs do not appear to influence program design in any meaningful way.

This might be due to the fact that there has been no systematic effort to ask Civic Technologists and action strategists what kind of evidence they would actually find useful. It might also represent a failure of the Civic Tech community to recognise and engage with the wealth of evidence that is available.

This roundtable examines the gap and discusses appropriate next steps for providing the Civic Technology community with an evidence base it can use.