Sunshine 2.0 Input Survey

Please provide unattributed input into the early drafting of the League of Women Voter's Sunshine 2.0 guide that will be used to evaluate government websites (particularly local) for their contribution to democracy - transparency, participation, and collaboration. This survey is unscientific and was designed by

* 1. When it comes to "Sunshine 2.0" or democracy online, what is most important to you with the government websites that serve you directly? (Where you vote, pay taxes, etc.)

* 2. Think community-wide - Please share some good examples other communities can learn from when it comes to government transparency (information access), public participation, or collaboration. What can you do currently do online in your community that "lives" democracy? This can be via government, the media, or community organizations online. Share links or contacts for further information if possible.

* 3. Part 1 - What do you think is most important for a government to provide online or do in democracy?

  Not important at all Neutral Extremely important
Government has an e-mail newsletter or blog with regular “what’s new” updates.
Government provides updates via Twitter or a Facebook page.
Government provides all elected officials a government e-mail address and lists them publicly.
Government policy or law requires exclusive use government provided e-mail account for all public business.
Government provides uniform calendar of all public meetings and provides all meeting agendas online.
Agendas include links to all meeting documents and are placed online as soon as they are distributed to public body members.
Most public meetings are webcast live in video or audio and available on-demand.
All public meetings are required to be digitally recorded and placed online.
A "Democracy" section provides citizen-centric “get involved” educational information on the governing process, how to participate, how to effectively communicate with elected and other public officials, etc.
Government site provides timely dissemination of information through personalized e-mail "search" alerts on new content deep in their website.
Each elected official has their own section on the website for them to use in governance to communicate with their constituents

* 4. Part 2 - What do you think is most important for a government to provide online or do in democracy?

  Not important at all Neutral Extremely important
Government provides an e-mail announcement list for each elected official to use or a blog with an e-mail notice option (for use outside of election periods.)
Government links to community sites including local media sites, civic organizations, local online forums/blogs, etc. Local library maintain civically focused directory of local links and community content
Government uses online survey and input options beyond the general web comment form or e-mail box.
Government hosts two-way interactivity among the public and the government (e.g. online public input a kin to in-person public hearings.)
Elected officials and government staff participate actively in two-way opportunities for community dialogue on websites external to government.
Government has adopted social media policy which clearly encourages civil servants to provide information and answer questions online just as they would do at a community meeting or on the telephone.
Government provides open data sets of legally public information for unrestricted download and use.

* 5. Imagine you are part of a citizen committee looking at how your local government measures up and compares to other communities online. Many of the "indicators" above push the envelop, what other things do think should be measured to determine your government's effective level of support for democracy online? (By "democracy" we mean representation, transparency, participation, elections, etc. Think broadly and inclusive of local politics or governance.)

* 6. Demographics - Gender

* 7. Demographics - What best represents your identity with this survey?

* 8. Are you a member of the League of Women Voters?

* 9. Optional - Receive updates - If you would like to be updated on the progress of this draft, please leave your e-mail.

* 10. Optional - General Comments?