Good Government is one that provides transparency and inclusion.
In effect a simple method to improve the governmental processes and create healthy, thriving communities.
Components of the Good Government Process
A Model vs. A Controlled Outcome Model
The Good Goverment Process is:
The Good Government Process follows these steps:
Inclusive – brings more voices to the discussion
Analytic – fact and evidence based
Financially sound – uses public funds responsibly
Involves community stakeholders – who participates?
Defines the problem together – what, precisely, is the problem we are trying to solve?
Identifies potential solutions – how might we solve the problem?
Defines costs and benefits to potential solutions – how much will our potential solutions cost in time, money, etc?
Selects optimum solution collaboratively – debate and discussion is encouraged.
Determines effectiveness – how will we define and measure results?
Iterates to improve outcomes – measures outcomes and adjusts approach as needed.
Wait, isn’t this the way our government already works?
Sometimes towns, cities, and states across the nation put partisan politics ahead of good policy analysis and inclusive public participation. Instead of carefully defining the problem and working towards the best possible community solution, they start with a preconceived “fix” in mind.
Committed to a specific outcome before the real problem has even been defined, our elected officials are unable to collaborate, compromise, or think creatively to solve big community problems.
We call this ineffective policy strategy the Controlled Outcome Model – because the outcome is mostly predetermined before the process begins.