Expected Results

The Policy Community aims to facilitate and streamline technological and socio-technical excellence on ICT solutions for governance and policy modelling thereby enabling better understanding of social and societal behaviour. The multi-disciplinary approach and international community building is a key aspect of the project. Findings from distinct disciplines need to be linked with one another or even more, these need to be integrated to understand the overall field. To achieve this, eGovPoliNet and Crossover will connect relevant international actors to build a global multidisciplinary digital governance and policy modelling research and practice community, which is engaged in research and practical use of ICT use for citizen participation, open government, open data, governance and policy modelling areas. Thematic areas to be interconnected are e.g. policy modelling tools, (social) simulation and visualisation tools, process modelling techniques, gaming and mixed reality tools, techniques to generate added-value content from linked data and data available in unstructured and/or dispersed environments, and online participation tools including web 2.0 and web 3.0 capabilities.

eGovPoliNet and Crossover will thereby exploit physical and digital means to connect and establish the community: physical meetings will mostly serve to strengthen the community through social relations. These meetings will be organised in conjunction with important conferences and other events relevant to the community and serve as point of reference, where results and information gathered in the recent period will be discussed, structured and amended, and plans for the subsequent period will be confirmed from the work plan or will be revised accordingly. Regular virtual discussions (online and offline) will support the achievement of eGovPoliNet's and Crossover’s objectives to strengthen the community.

The expected achievements of the Policy Community are:

  1. The establishment of a network that is interacting regularly via online and offline international and multi-disciplinary constituency building events
  2. The set-up and growing of a community knowledge portal with concrete content production and news items and collection and integration of content through third party websites
  3. The performance of studies and comparative analysis to identify research, practice and development projects and good practice examples concerning modelling and simulating, as well as understanding and visualising of social behaviour
  4. In depth case studies on specific applications of ICT solutions for policy modelling
  5. The creation of an International Research Roadmap on ICT tools for governance and Policy-Modelling