The democracy cube as a framework for guiding participatory planning for community-based it initiatives

Zelinna Pablo, Sherwin Ona, Rachel Edita Roxas, Charibeth Cheng, Allan Borra, Nathaniel Oco

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Abstract

Literature suggests there is a need to build more theoretically-informed understandings of the social processes implicated in participatory IT planning and implementation (Jakku & Thorburn, 2010). In this study, we explore the value of Archon Fung's (2006) "democracy cube" as a framework for qualitatively examining the process we undertook for planning a community-based IT strategy. Our planning process involved consultations with multiple stakeholder groups across five different communities, as well as from other entities involved in disaster management, with the aim of surfacing factors that shaped local communities' abilities to participate in disaster management activities. These factors, drawn from qualitative interviews and categorized using a SWOT framework, were subsequently translated into an IT strategy. In this paper, we revisit this process and examine it using Fung's (2006) three dimensions of democratic participation as a lens: participant selection (our use of multiple stakeholder groups); communication and decision (our consultation process); and authority and power (how participant input drove our strategy). We use the framework to identify the specific practices that made IT planning participative, as well as those that made it nonparticipative. We also use our empirical data to explore ways that the framework can be enhanced.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event17th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2013 - Jeju Island, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 18 Jun 201322 Jun 2013

Conference

Conference17th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2013
CountryKorea, Republic of
CityJeju Island
Period18/06/1322/06/13

Keywords

  • Discourse analysis
  • Participation
  • Participatory IT planning

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The democracy cube as a framework for guiding participatory planning for community-based it initiatives'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this