The aim of the WeGov project is to improve the engagement
between government policy-makers and citizens via popular
social networking sites.
Government policy-makers can better engage with citizens by
utilising channels citizens already use and are familiar with!
Social media – like Twitter and Facebook – have been identified
as the most effective tools of engagement due to their popular- WeGov_project
ity, ease of access, and the rapid information flow that they
The WeGov toolbox (software solution), is a web application,
which includes tools and components that support policy-makers
in the analysis of social networks.
• Search - searches and monitors discussions on social
networking sites according to parameters such as: which
networks to search, keywords defining the theme of the query,
and geographical locations. The output of searches can be used
in WeGov’s analysis tools. WeGov project
• Topic Analysis - reorganizes & summarises comments
according to groups of words (concept groups) that represent
areas of discussions within a wider debate, enabling the user to
quickly see themes running through the comments.
• Discussion Activity Analysis - highlights important posts
by predicting which posts and users will generate more atten-
• User Behaviour Analysis - predicts who the influential
social media users are by classifying them according to their
behaviour and interactions within social media.
Get familiar with the WeGov project
Closing the loop between governments & citizens
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission
under the SEVENTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME THEME ICT 2009.7.3 ICT
for Governance and Policy Modelling.
What is the added value?
The WeGov solution intended to be flexible and applicable to many different use
This web application enables beneficiaries to make full use of the high level of
participation and rich discussions that already take place in existing social
What’s in it for policy makers?
Policy-makers benefit from the WeGov solution as they move away from the
limitations inherent in the current practice of using bespoke and dedicated
platforms to engage with their citizens.
The WeGov cutting-edge toolbox provides policy-makers an advantage in:
• using the power of social networking to improve the policy-making process;
• engaging with citizens via social media & understanding their actual opinions;
• highlighting those citizens’ opinions that should influence policy decisions.