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Page: E-Democracy.Org
1. Which of the following E-Democracy.Org Issues Forums do you participate in (either read or post)?
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Newham Issues Forum (UK)
5.8%18
Brighton & Hove Issues Forum (UK)
9.4%29
Greater Bedminster Neighbourhood Forum (UK - Bristol)
8.1%25
Knowle West Neighbourhood Forum (UK - Bristol)
2.3%7
Canterbury Public Issues Forum (New Zealand)
8.4%26
St. Paul Issues Forum (USA)
20.7%64
Minneapolis Issues Forum (USA)
27.5%85
Roseville Issues Forum (USA)
10.4%32
Winona Online Democracy (USA)
4.2%13
Minnesota Politics Discuss (USA)
12.9%40
Pioneer Valley Clean Energy Discussion (USA)
9.4%29
Minnesota Politics National (USA)
11.0%34
Not an Issues Forum Participant/Reader - Where are you located?
 
9.1%28

2. Select the answer which best describes your level of participation in E-Democracy.Org or your local issues/neighborhood forum?
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I read or post in my local forum - but do not volunteer
77.5%237
I am a volunteer for my local E-Democracy.Org project (forum)
2.6%8
I am part of the leadership team for my local E-Democracy.Org project
9.5%29
Other (please specify)
 
10.5%32

Page: Participants
3. As a participant (or future participant) in an E-Democracy.Org forum, how important are the following to you?
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A. Diverse participants3.2% (9)2.5% (7)14.3% (40)31.5% (88)48.4% (135)4.19279
B. Diverse viewpoints3.2% (9)0.7% (2)14.2% (40)30.6% (86)51.2% (144)4.26281
C. Civil discussion2.9% (8)3.6% (10)9.6% (27)21.8% (61)62.1% (174)4.37280
D. Regular introduction of new topics1.8% (5)5.8% (16)27.4% (76)39.0% (108)26.0% (72)3.82277
E. Discussion topics stay within forum's geographic scope10.4% (29)16.1% (45)31.8% (89)21.1% (59)20.7% (58)3.26280
F. Opportunities to meet other participants face to face35.0% (97)25.6% (71)24.5% (68)10.1% (28)4.7% (13)2.24277
G. Participation of elected officials and government staff6.8% (19)9.6% (27)27.1% (76)33.6% (94)22.9% (64)3.56280
H. Participation of journalists and influence on local news9.6% (27)18.5% (52)28.1% (79)29.2% (82)14.6% (41)3.21281

4. E-Democracy.Org is establishing our strategic priorities. From your perspective, rate the importance of each of the following.
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A. Recruiting more participants who register and post4.0% (11)5.8% (16)29.1% (81)35.6% (99)25.5% (71)3.73278
B. Increasing the economic, social, ethnic/racial diversity of the participants in our forums6.1% (17)7.9% (22)27.6% (77)30.8% (86)27.6% (77)3.66279
C. Engaging more elected officials and government staff in our forums7.5% (21)7.5% (21)27.2% (76)33.7% (94)24.0% (67)3.59279
D. Supporting local volunteers who want to start online Issues Forums in other communities9.7% (27)16.2% (45)30.3% (84)26.7% (74)17.0% (47)3.25277
E. Promoting new funded forum launches with support from local governments, community foundations and other funders13.1% (36)20.4% (56)34.7% (95)20.1% (55)11.7% (32)2.97274
F. Increasing non-partisan election efforts like voter resources and online candidate debates7.6% (21)14.4% (40)28.5% (79)27.8% (77)21.7% (60)3.42277
G. Adding new features or initiatives that promote local democracy and community online (in addition to Issues Forums)6.5% (18)12.7% (35)27.9% (77)33.0% (91)19.9% (55)3.47276
H. Training people who are not already politically active in the use of digital tools10.2% (28)13.5% (37)32.4% (89)26.9% (74)17.1% (47)3.27275
I. Promoting digital inclusion efforts that help communities and individuals cross the digital divide8.7% (24)9.8% (27)28.6% (79)27.9% (77)25.0% (69)3.51276

Page: Funding
5. E-Democracy.Org provides technical expertise, infrastructure, and organizational support to maintain and expand our network of local Issues Forums. While we remain a very low-cost model supported by our many volunteers, as we grow and expand the services we offer to local groups our expenses are increasing significantly. How do you think E-Democracy.Org should fund our efforts? (You may select more than one option)
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Response
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Government support (any level)
49.3%137
Grants
70.1%195
Advertising or promotions on Issues Forums
29.1%81
Individual subscription fees
10.8%30
Per forum/community fees
11.9%33
Voluntary contributions from participants and supporters
70.9%197
Revenue from services and consulting to other organisations/organizations
50.0%139
Other (please specify)
 
9.0%25

6. If E-Democracy.Org asks participants in our forums to make annual voluntary contributions, what amount might you be willing to donate?
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Response
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$100-200 ---- £50-100 ---- 140-280 NZD
1.5%4
$60-100 ---- £30-50 ---- 80-140 NZD
4.9%13
$30-60 ---- £15-30 ---- 40-80 NZD
13.6%36
up to $ 30 ---- up to £15 ---- up to 40 NZD
39.4%104
I would not make a voluntary contribution
40.5%107
If more, please share an estimate OR add any comments about what specific efforts you might donate toward.
 
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Page: Priorities and Volunteers
7. Would you like to see your local E-Democracy.Org chapter/committee add features or initiatives in addition to supporting your local Issues Forum? (As opposed to today where most chapters/committees focus exclusively on supporting their local forum. The next question suggests feature ideas.)
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Response
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Yes
31.8%83
No
21.8%57
Don't Know
46.4%121
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8. E-Democracy.Org envisions investing in shared tools and new project models. We need to prioritize efforts to seek grant support for new initiatives. Check those ideas that interest you most (up to five)
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Community Life and News Blog - Promoting citizen journalism and news.
32.0%80
Community Survey - A platform for thousands across your community to answer and propose serious survey questions on local issues.
42.4%106
Events Calendar - Announcements and alerts on public community, government and political events and meetings.
54.8%137
Community Today - Local headlines from blogs, the media, government, as well as local photos, videos, audio all in one convenient place (aka a "mashup" supported by recent advances in technology)
29.6%74
Local Wiki - Like 'wikipedia' but community content developed by Issues Forum members.
30.4%76
Democracy Tune-up - A public-led review and grading of online activities of the local government, media, and political groups on their support for democracy online. Accountability and comparison encourages a strong community-wide foundation for online citizen participation.
34.0%85
International Community Exchange - Ask questions and share ideas and experiences with other active citizens across our entire network to help each other our improve own local community.
28.8%72
Online Events – Special topics explored in-depth to influence decision-making or promote greater understanding, sometimes called an online "town hall" meeting or e-consultation.
34.0%85
Solution Forums - Online work spaces to support community collaboration, local government task forces, that help implement policy or support direct citizen problem-solving.
43.6%109
Community Webcasts and Podcasting - Online audio and video access for community meetings and events.
30.0%75
Activism Tools - Tools provided on a non-partisan basis, like e-petitions or activist alert tools that can be used by those supporting (or opposing) a local cause.
32.8%82
Neighborhood/Neighbourhood Life Forums - Very local conversations mixing daily life (new developments, crime, schools, exchanging service tips, youth activities, etc.) , public issues, and community announcements.
36.4%91
Election Toolkit - Platform for online candidate debates, voter guides, information about your local ballot and polling locations.
45.6%114
Digital Inclusion - Training and outreach program for local adaptation to promote use of online tools for community involvement among the least connected
31.6%79
Share any additional ideas here. What activities or online features would strengthen your local community and democracy?
 
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9. E-Democracy.Org relies on the time and expertise of our many volunteers to keep our model of civic engagement exciting, low-cost and sustainable. Please, select the items below that best describe your own interest/availability to volunteer with E-Democracy.Org (you may select more than one answer).
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I cannot volunteer at this time
60.4%154
I could volunteer for a few hours each YEAR
12.2%31
I could volunteer for a few hours each MONTH
12.5%32
I'd like to volunteer with my local E-Democracy.Org project
6.3%16
I'd like to volunteer to help with overall E-Democracy.Org projects at the national or international level
3.9%10
I volunteer currently
11.8%30
If you can volunteer, please share your e-mail address and list your skills or interests so we may contact you
 
17.6%45

Page: Open Comments and Thank You
10. What other comments would you like to share related to the future of E-Democracy.Org, online civic engagement in your community, or your local forum? Share your vision or strategic priorities.
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