Questions to Consider When Choosing Technologies

Careful planning can help a political party avoid many common tech pitfalls. Party staff, consultants and vendors should consider the following questions before embarking on any significant technology project. For more information on goal-setting and planning, please see the section what types of technology can help?

What objectives will the project help the party address?

How do the project’s specific goals fit into the party’s broader goals, both in the short- and long-term?

Does the technology tool under consideration fit those needs and goals?

Yes                             No

Is the particular tech solution adaptable, if party goals change significantly in the near future?

Yes                             No

Does the tech solution risk tying the party to software or hardware that is likely to become obsolete soon?

Yes                             No

Are there political or legal considerations to the tech solution? For example, many countries have laws against the collection and manipulation of data on individual citizens.

Yes                             No

Is it possible that people may resist using a particular technology for cultural reasons? For instance, in some cultures it is not common for women to use mobile phones.

Yes                             No

Does a particular tech solution require conditions that simply do not exist, such as broadband internet, secure online communications, or the widespread use of smart phones? For more information on this, please see the Understanding Your Tech Environment section.

Yes                             No