Skip to content Skip to main navigation Report an accessibility issue

Smart Communities Initiative


The Ethical Needs for Collecting Citizen Input for Future Planning in Cleveland, TN report has been published.

Ethical Needs Analysis for Collecting Citizen Input poster at at SCI End of Year Showcase links to URL of report.

In the summer of 2014, nine students enrolled in Lisa Yamagata-Lynch’s Professional Ethics in Instructional Technology course joined the inaugural Smart Communities Initiative (SCI). The students had diverse backgrounds and represented the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling. During the semester, they worked in small groups, had classroom discussions, and collaborated with the Cleveland city planners to conduct an ethical needs analysis for collecting citizen input.

In April of 2015, Yamagata-Lynch, associate professor, and Erin Garty, master’s student presented the findings from the course were presented at the SCI End of Year Showcase. Yamagata-Lynch and Garty explained that the fundamental ethical concerns included equitable access, anonymity and online community behaviors, ownership and copyright, and policy-related issues such as privacy and security. The report holds many recommendations, resources, and options all tailored to the needs of Cleveland. Garty was charged with creating the actual report, and said her greatest challenge was pulling together contributions from multiple voices and turning it into a cohesive report with a single voice.

“Writing this report provided me the experience of working with multiple stakeholders that added to what I believe I gained the most – practical real-world experience.” – Erin Garty

For additional information please see previous post – Instructional Technology partners with the City of Cleveland.


Smart Communities Initiative (SCI).

SCI, from the Office of Service-Learning, brings faculty and students together with surrounding areas and municipal groups who focus on issues to improve the region’s environmental sustainability, economy, and social integrity.

Lisa Yamagata-LynchThrough SCI, students enrolled in Lisa Yamagata-Lynch‘s Professional Ethics in Instructional Technology summer course were able to take their academic knowledge and apply it to a real-world setting. They conducted an Ethical Needs Analysis for Collecting Citizen Input in order to develop a survey to collect data for Cleveland officials that would not endanger the privacy of citizens.

Yamagata Lynch says that the final report is being prepared for Cleveland and she hopes to share it soon, provided it is a public document.

Educational Psychology & Counseling Department
College of Education, Health & Human Sciences

535 Bailey Education Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996-3452
Phone: 865-974-8145 Fax: 865-974-0135