Invitation to Participate in Web Survey: Use of GitHub in Public Administration

I am a post-doctoral fellow in open governance working under the direction of Erik Johnston, professor in the School of Public Affairs and Director of the Center for Policy Informatics at Arizona State University.

On behalf of our research team, I am writing to invite your anonymous participation in our research on the use of new collaborative tools in government, specifically the use of the GitHub platform in Canadian governments for code development, website development and text document creation and collaboration. More information on this research is available here.

This component of our research involves a web-based questionnaire completed by select public servants in all levels of government in Canada who have a public profile on the GitHub platform associated with their workplace. Questions centre on experience using GitHub and similar platforms, reasons for doing so, and possible barriers or limits to its use.

The objective is to identify avenues for technology innovation in Canadian public sector settings, to provide lessons and best practices for other public sector agencies considering the implication of new collaboration platforms, and to identify barriers to their use.

Your status as a public servant in a Canadian government organization with a public profile on GitHub makes you a candidate for this survey. If you know of any of your colleagues that also fit this description, we would appreciate you making them aware of this invitation.

The questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes in total to complete from any web-enabled device. Your anonymity and will be protected at all times. Additional safeguards are contained in the “Statement of Informed Consent” that precedes the questionnaire.

To start the questionnaire, please click here

If that link does not work, please copy and paste the following link into your browser:

We would be pleased to hear from you if you have any questions. This research is being conducted under the purview of the Arizona State University Institutional Review Board, Protocol 00001319. If you have any questions about your rights as a participant in this research, you can contact the Chair of the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board, through the ASU Office of Research Integrity and Assurance, at 480-965-6788.

Thanks for considering this request.


Justin Longo
PostDoctoral Fellow in Open Governance
Center for Policy Informatics
Arizona State University


One comment on “Invitation to Participate in Web Survey: Use of GitHub in Public Administration

  1. Pingback: Using GitHub in Government: A Look at a New Collaboration Platform | Justin Longo, phd

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