In June 2016, the University of Tokyo’s Public Administration and Information Technology Program (PadIT) at the Graduate School of Public Policy launched a new award program, “Challenge! Open Governance in Japan 2016,” to encourage citizen engagement in the public sector and local government’s platformization to enhance democracy in the digital age. The program is co-sponsored by The Global Creative Leadership Program at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, University of Tokyo. Accenture Japan is the Corporate Citizenship Partner and the award has been developed in collaboration with the Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
“Challenge! Open Governance in Japan 2016” strives to foster citizen participation and transformation of municipalities in open governance and the development of human resources to support an open society, as well as research in these fields. The award will recognize initiatives in which citizens and students participate in local problem-solving or vision-creating to foster better and more participatory (individual and/or collaborative) public services and in which the government acts as a platform to promote activities that solve local issues.
Successful initiatives will be judged on the following criteria: agenda setting, novelty, effectiveness, applicability, feasibility, and level of collaboration and commitment of municipality. The award program has three steps: first, applications by municipalities with local challenges are due by August 31, 2016. Second, applications by citizens/students with ideas to solve those challenges are due at the end of December 2016. The third stage will be evaluations and recommendations in early 2017.
More information can be found on the program’s website (link in Japanese): http://park.itc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/padit/cog2016/