Friday, May 20, 2011

On Transparency And Open Government

Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in a workshop put on by the Penn Program on Regulation. Hosted by the program's director, Cary Coglianese, the workshop brought together academics like myself with administration officials and other public servants.

My modest contribution to the proceedings is captured by this excerpt from a post that was published yesterday at RegBlog, a source of information about regulatory matters that is hosted by the Penn Program on Regulation. (Click here to access the entire blog post.)

Several workshop participants noted that advances in empirical knowledge of open government will likely depend on the accumulation of many small-scale, narrowly focused research studies, rather than on one “home run” study. Researchers also urged the use of multiple research methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative.

That's science, folks! Nothing fancy...Just the dogged pursuit of knowledge on a small scale that may one day add up to something big.



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