Comment to fix public procurement processes, especially for technology, without damaging public trust in the process

Submitted by Steve Midgley, Mixrun

How can more and more diverse actors be involved in the public procurement process? 

How can we ensure that the usual actors are not consistently prioritized in government procurement? 

What are the ethical considerations of broadening the scope of procurement efforts? 

How can opportunities for partnering with government be better communicated to smaller organizations capable of providing solutions? 


Comment data can be analyzed for or by governing institutions to uncover new opportunities for change

How can institutions identify what types of data are most useful for driving big data analysis? 

What types of human capital are needed within institutions to enable the analysis of big data to the end of identifying new opportunities? 

What is the role of the private and civil sector in analyzing government data to the end of developing new solutions to public problems and expanding the capacity of government?    



...what types of information contributed by a citizen or community are most useful in developing and optimizing public services, and how that information be made actionable

How can citizens be incentivized to share useful information with institutions while retaining confidence that the information will be used for its intended purposes?

What types of community-based information – e.g., from sensors – are most useful for driving improved governance decision-making?  

What capabilities must be developed within institutions to make use of citizen- and community-contributed data? 



...what types of information and information-rich applications yield improved citizen decision-making

How can small data streams be collected and released in a way that is useful to citizens while ensuring privacy and security? 

What tools can be developed and created that allow even those with limited technological savvy to make use of open and/or small data? 

What areas – e.g., health – are best suited to open and small data efforts to improve citizen decision-making? 



...the ethical implications of fostering collaborative governance, particularly in the form of public-private partnerships

How can collaborative governance frameworks be developed and implemented in such a way that existing powers are not further entrenched? 

What are the privacy and security considerations related to greater institutional collaborations with citizens and other entities? 

How can governments contract with outside entities in such a way that more diverse actors can be given the opportunity to collaborate? 


Comment institutions can be re-designed to become more collaborative

What new roles and responsibilities need to be created to foster greater collaboration? 

What needs to change within institutional cultures in order to enable collaboration? 

What entrenched processes act as barriers to wide collaboration?

How should employees be trained or re-trained in order to give them ability to collaborate better?