For any public policy analysis to be effective it must include the broad study of the actions, as well as interactions, of the various interveners in that particular public policy object. In the past this has not been possible because of the lack of tools to identify, communicate with and collect data from all those interacting with an object of public policy. Web 2.0 applications have, for the first time, given rise to the real possibility of creating a ‘new consciousness’ among public policy actors, allowing policy analysts to ‘actively’ survey, observe and follow public policy interactions in real time, allowing for a new means of public policy analysis to take place.
Piecowye, James, "Public Policy Analysis Re-Imagined with Web 2.0 Applications" (2008). CONF-IRM 2008 Proceedings. 44.