January 06, 2006
OECD Report Reviews Best Practices for E-Gov Sites
"Abstract: E-government is expected to improve the function of public administration and its relationship to the public. The good news is that information and communication technology (ICT) offers an array of tools to meet the promise of e-government. The bad news is that the reality has not yet caught up with the promise. To date, the approach to e-government has too often been driven by ICT solutions instead of user demand. While this has been effective for putting services online, it has led to a proliferation of websites, portals and electronic services that are incompatible, confusing and overlapping... not to mention expensive. Rather than simply adding a new service delivery channel, e-government can improve the services that governments offer. But this can only happen as part of an overall transformation of the processes, structure and culture of government. Some OECD governments are now applying a new "logic of e-government" to allow networked government organisations to share resources and deliver user-focused information and services. This requires a better understanding of what government does and how it does it from a whole-of-government perspective."