How UK Government Organisations are Improving Citizen Engagement

By Kathy Kyle, Digital Communications Consultant at GovDelivery UK According to a Capgemini/ European Commission eGovernment Benchmark report, less than half of Europeans don’t use digital government services. Despite the increase in the uptake of digital services across virtually every sector, 80 per cent of those not using digital services for government business are simply… Read more »


Preventing Crime in 2013: How to Get More Tips With Email

By John Simpson, Engagement Consultant at GovDelivery Preventing crime is one of the number one goals for public safety organizations. In 2013, we are seeing a shift in public safety groups, many of whom are leveraging the power of local citizens and stakeholders to report criminal activity. This type of interaction helps identify trends and… Read more »


Hack for MN 2013

By Ben Ortega, Senior Software Engineer at GovDelivery On June 1st we celebrated the first annual National Day of Civic Hacking, a day dedicated to leveraging technology and open data to improve communities. Not satisfied with a typical single day event, our local civic-minded techies at Open Twin Cities organized Hack for MN, a weekend-long… Read more »


Upcoming Webinar: Improving Emergency Communications in Government

Unlike businesses in the private sector, government organizations have an additional challenge. In times of emergencies, such as a natural disaster or criminal threat to the community, getting that message successfully delivered to the right audience, and at the right time, can help save lives. A government agency’s ability to easily connect with community members… Read more »


Innovation & Government: Don’t Be Intimidated by the Big “I” Word (Edison Wasn’t)

As I thought about the subject of these two words thrown together, I thought about different analogies I could use in order to put a fun visual to the idea. One thought that came to mind was imagining that Innovation and Government were high school kids in the hierarchy of popularity. Government might very well… Read more »


3 Ways Peer-to-Peer Services Will Rock Government’s World

Last week, I was able to attend the 2013 Personal Democracy Forum in New York City.  This conference and community is about the present and future impact of digital technologies on our democracy.  While listening to many of the thought-provoking and passionate presentations, there were a few different ideas that really spoke to me. Here… Read more »


Insights for Government Organizations: Responding to Public Opinion with 2013 Trends

The results of a national survey recently released by the Pew Research Center reveals that favorable approval ratings for state and local government continued this year while opinions of the federal government hit a new low. The survey conducted this March with 1,501 adults from all 50 states resulted in positive ratings across party lines… Read more »


Insights on Successful Emergency Communication Plans from Adelaide O’Brien, Smart Government Strategies Research Director

In today’s world, government agencies need to leverage digital platforms to provide better customer service to citizens, especially in times of emergency. Organizations with more responsive emergency communications reach the public quickly and effectively during natural disasters and other threats to citizens and property. GovDelivery recently interviewed Adelaide O’Brien, research director of Smart Government Strategies… Read more »


2013 Best Practices in Digital Communications- Upcoming Webinar

Keeping up with the latest in digital communication tools and strategies can be a challenge in any organization. As a government communications professional, you probably face additional unique challenges as well. Being able to effectively reach particular groups of people in emergencies, for example, is one situation that can mean the difference between life and… Read more »


Vine: Government’s 6 Seconds to Shine

It’s likely that you have heard of Vine in recent months. For those of you who haven’t (or who have, but aren’t exactly sure what it is) Vine is a mobile app by Twitter that allows users to create and post short, 6 second video clips. In turn, the videos can be uploaded, shared and… Read more »