ERIC Number: ED095896
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Televote System for Civic Communication: First Demonstration and Evaluation. Final Report.
Campbell, Vincent N.
A televote system to aid two-way communication between public officials and constituents was developed and demonstrated in the San Jose Unified School District. The objectives of the system are: (1) to provide citizens and public officials information on community problems; (2) to provide civic planners knowledge of the views of citizens so their decisions will be responsive to these views; and (3) to offer citizens effective roles in civic and school planning. Over 5,000 persons (4 percent of the eligible population) voluntarily registered as televoters, and most participated in one or more televotes. About 700 persons voted on each issue which represents a substantially greater input than school authorities usually receive on specific issues. An evaluation of the system at the end of the demonstration gave consistently favorable responses. It appears that the citizens are willing to pay the cost of operating the televote system. It is recommended that: (1) the system should continue to be developed and operated to jointly serve those public agencies which wish to cooperate in its use; (2) outside funds should be sought to support the improvements in the system; and (3) the telephone company should be requested to approve a unique prefix so that televotes may be dialed from all phones in the area. (WCM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. RANN Program.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.