The impact of new technologies on the communication of parliamentary information: a pilot study.
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MARCELLA, R., BAXTER, G. and MOORE, N. 2002. The impact of new technologies on the communication of parliamentary information: a pilot study. Swindon: ESRC [online]. Available from: http://www.researchcatalogue.esrc.ac.uk/grants/R000223342/outputs/read/b14a2cfd-6b55-4d3d-a4f4-b30aed2229d9
This report details the results of a pilot study, funded by the ESRC, to test the application of a new data collection tool - an interactive, electronically-assisted interview delivered in a roadshow environment - in the context of the public's need for parliamentary and devolved legislature information. This data collection approach was deemed suited to the exploration of a complex area of information need, in particular the relationship between information and democratic participation, combining, as it does, the capacity for observation of online activity with the opportunity to ask probing questions about both the quality and usefulness of information located and respondents' perceptions of the relationship between information and the 'active citizen'. The tool has potential for application in a variety of information behaviour contexts. Given that the interview is conducted in an electronic environment, it is particularly suited to gauging the potential impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on patterns of behaviour.