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March 21, 2014

Might deliberations on cost-effectiveness be the entry point for discourse and public…

Might deliberations on cost-effectiveness be the entry point for discourse and public participation?

From the British Academy page "If you could do one thing…" Nine local actions to reduce health inequalities"
http://www.britac.ac.uk/policy/Health_Inequalities.cfm

Alan Maynard – "The Role of Cost-Effectiveness Evidence in Reducing Inequality.pdf"
http://www.britac.ac.uk/templates/asset-relay.cfm?frmAssetFileID=13286

Paradigmatic: the Oregon exercise in cost-effect health that was over-turned and rejected in place of a whole process of public consultation.

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Health Inequalities – British Academy
“If you could do one thing…” Nine local actions to reduce health inequalities. The British Academy presents a collection of opinion pieces on health inequalities from leading social scientists. Each of the authors has written an article, drawing on the evidence base for their particular area …

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March 20, 2014

“The Institute’s Research Assistant program not only helps nurture critical research…

“The Institute’s Research Assistant program not only helps nurture critical research skills among our undergraduates, it also offers them the opportunity to work on important public policy challenges with graduate students and top faculty and staff at Harvard Kennedy School"
via "Why Bother" at UT Votes

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IOP program puts students at the forefront of public policy research
Harvard students glean tremendous knowledge from the lectures and discussions that take place inside the classroom, but the learning doesn't stop there.  Many graduates and undergraduates sup

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March 20, 2014

"Transforming Government; ICT Strategy and Action Plan to 2017"

ICT is not just about technology – it’s about the ways in which information and technology are used to deliver better services and enhance trust and confidence in government."

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Transforming Government ICT. ICT is not just about technology – it’s about the ways in which information and technology are used to deliver better services and enhance trust and confidence in government. Government has charged the Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO) with leading …

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March 19, 2014

There's some very nice material surfacing

Not #BigData … just substantial information.

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Community Capital

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March 18, 2014

System definition: to collect and manage particular information relating to the entity's…

System definition: to collect and manage particular information relating to the entity's core interests. Those particular informations are distributed in a way that integrates the entity's holdings with the internet steam.
Mission: to capture the discursive constellation.

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Evidence Based Discourse; Promoting subjective narrative

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March 18, 2014

I'm trying to recreate my thinking from circa 1997/99

cMap and Compendium … I was working with VRML at the time … "organization of movement in an ethology lab, funded by cog-psych at Dalhousie. It was all about taxonomy / ontology / modularization."Meaning acts like a strange attractor, around which concepts trace their trajectories." –BD Tremblayhttps://twitter.com/bentrem/status/445987853546577920 (full version at Twitlonger: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s11ja6)The 3 axes that in-form the design and the method can be demonstrated quite easily:1) A person posts a naked URL. Whatever platform (Twitter, FB, GPlus, or any of the chat clients. Even by phone text.) it remains no more than what it is: a person (X) makes a substantial statement of fact (Y). Substantial, but not very communicative. (Creating a link, which is comprised of the URL along with descriptive text, is much more communicative and meaningful, if not unambiguous.)2) A person Favorites a Tweet, or simply ReTweets it. (Notice that the product of these two are materially different.) Or a person "Likes" a post on FB, or clicks "+" on GPlus. (The equivalent to merely ReTweeting would be to Share an item with no text added.) Simplistic, but communicative. a person (X) has an affective response (Z) to something (Y).The design challenge has been to capture those three axes in a manner that is effective (UX), efficient (cognitive ergonomics), parsimonious, and subject to capture in a well formed data system. These 3 axes comprise what I call "the discursive constellation".I address this complex (a veritable Tower of Babel) as a set of "impedance mismatches", where interconnections fail due to differences in the information being exchanged; quality, density, velocity, granularity etc etc etc. Drawing on my experience with ontology/taxonomy "in the wild" (i.e. industry and not for profit) I have devised a method that draws together the common strands in a way that integrates and harmonizes the various streams. Paradigmatic: all the news items on issue X are connected back through their various stems to their common root.I came up with an approach that lends itself to a variety of situations. Roughly, it has 2 modes of operation: one is as a "discourse-based decision support system" (It's aimed at such as business decisions or policy decisions , the latter not being restricted to government.) and the second as a discourse system that "mitigates flames while surfacing and nurturing the subjective narrative". This second mode can buttress online learning. These are the 2 fundamental modes: one is discourse meant to establish facts that can be shared, and discourse concerning different values, or the meaning of shared facts i.e. implications and ramifications.

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