Municipal websites have become a go-to source of public information.  How well do New Jersey’s municipal websites meet the needs and expectations of their constituents?  To answer this question, Monmouth University’s Polling Institute and Graduate Program in Public Policy launched a project to examine how our municipalities use their websites to inform citizens, provide services, and encourage public engagement.  During the past year, a total of 546 municipal websites were analyzed for content and ease of use.

Friends of The Citizens Campaign and the New Jersey Online News Resource Group are invited to a seminar that will discuss the results of this study on Thursday, March 21st at 6:30pm.  The program will provide an overview of the study findings and recognize the top websites from our multi-coder analysis.  In addition, Dr. James Melitski, an expert in e-government, will highlight some best practices in municipal use of websites.

This event will provide you with an opportunity to discuss what other communities in and outside of New Jersey are doing in the area of e-governance.  Informal networking with light refreshments will follow the program.

Keynote Speaker:  James Melitski, PhD, Associate Professor, Public Administration, Marist College.  Dr. Melitski’s work examines the impact of information technology and the Internet on the ability of public organizations to communicate and deliver services. In particular, his research interests include e-government, strategic planning for information technology, citizen participation, and performance measurement. He was previously a director of the National Center for Public Performance’s E-Governance Institute at Rutgers University-Newark.

Please RSVP by March 18th to polling@monmouth.edu or (732) 263-5860.

The event will be held at Wilson Hall on the Monmouth University campus (main entrance, lot #11 for parking).  GPS directions: 420 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ 07764.