Platforms for digital participation

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Are you specifically interested in digital tools to foster participation? We have compiled an overview and comparison between different open source platforms that enable different forms of digital participation. These platforms are all ready to be used. Please have a look at them whether they can support you in your participation journey. You can also directly reach out to the 4 platforms outlined below.
"Makes digital democracy easy - for everyone no matter where."
"Free Citizen OS platform for asynchronous meetings & citizen participation"
"Anybody can submit a proposal to improve their city, others can support it"
"Data crowdsourcing and mapping tool that allows people to collect, manage and analyze crowdsourced information"
Adhocracy+ has a focus on providing digital citizen participation for a broad range of target groups: municipalities, NGOs, governments.
Citizen OS has a focus on the decision-making part within the citizen participation process.
Consul has a clear focus on digital citizen participation especially for cities and national governments.
Ushahidi has a clear focus on data crowdsourcing without the need of an internet connection.
Can we ask citizens for information or ideas (“Petitions”, “Data Crowdsourcing” or “Brainstorming”)?
Yes “citizens can submit their own ideas and discuss the ideas of others, they can also locate them on a map.”
Yes, you can “get input from a wider audience” through the crowdsourcing of ideas.” You can also initiate and sign petitions and send those directly to the local government or parliament.
Yes, “citizens can create a proposal and seek support, other people can discuss the proposed topic”.
Yes, you can do “data crowdsourcing and mapping that allows to rapidly collect, manage and analyze crowdsourced information from communities”. The data mostly comes through SMS, e-mail, and Twitter and can then be analyzed based on geolocation and keywords.
Can citizens deliberate on proposals or conduct a live debate (“Collaborative Documents” or “Virtual Assemblies”)?
Yes, “citizens can discuss the paragraphs of a text”, “citizens can lead structured discussions”. At a (live) event citizens can follow a live stream and “ask their questions online, other participants can support the question.”
Yes, there is the feature to “co-create texts”. You can also do “rational, balanced group discussions, public or private, weighing up the pros and cons.”
Yes, “legislative texts can be shared with the public to receive comments on any particular part of it”.
Can citizens collaboratively make decisions (“Voting” or “Participatory Budgeting”)?
Yes, “citizens can submit their own suggestions and add a budget. Ideas of others can be discussed and rated (pro/contra)”.
Yes, citizens can “make decisions with customisable voting.” There is also the feature to do “anonymous voting with deadlines” and “mini-votes and vote delegation”.
Yes, it’s a “secure voting system for citizen proposals and enquiries from the institution”. Furthermore “everyone can propose and decide directly how to spend part of the budget.”