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E participa project

e-Participa project

Interdisciplinary analysis of municipal citizen participation for the design of virtual collaborative environments

Virtual environments for local citizen participation:

principal bases for design


E participa project

What is

e-Participation?

e-Participa Project

e-Participation experiences

Principal bases for design

Virtual environments for local citizen participation

principal bases for design

  • What is e-Participation?

  • e-Participa Project

  • e-Participation experiences

  • Principal bases for design


E participa project

What is

e-Participation?

e-Participa Project

e-Participation experiences

Principal bases for design

  • What is Citizen Participation?

    • “All kind of activities where individual citizens -as well as citizen groups and associations- engage inwith the intention of influencing public policy, either indirectly or directly”

Our project focuses on participative processes oriented towards decision making at the municipal level

and, more specifically, on those processes that are organized or at least supported by local government authorities.

Phases and criteria for participative processes


E participa project

What is

e-Participation?

e-Participa Project

e-Participation experiences

Principal bases for design

  • What is Citizen e-Participation?

    • The utilization of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) ‑mainly Internet‑ to promote and support citizen participation

  • Obstacles for e-Participation:

    • Legal

    • Organizational

    • Cultural

    • Technical and financial capacity


E participa project

What is

e-Participation?

e-Participa Project

e-Participation experiences

Principal bases for design

  • What is it?

    • e-Participa is a PhD research project at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain) to design a virtual environment aimed to reinforce citizen participation at the municipal level.

  • How will it be developed?

    • By means of an interdisciplinary methodological approach which combines socio-political analysis with systems design methodologies, thus integrating the knowledge of real day to day citizen participation with the enabling capabilities offered by the Internet.


E participa project

What is

e-Participation?

e-Participa Project

e-Participation experiences

Principal bases for design

Previous knowledge

Objective

Requisites

Theoretical analysis

Requisites

Design

Evaluation

Sociological research

Prototype

Principles

Technical

research

Final design

Construction

  • Evaluation

  • Citizens

  • Citizen organizations

  • Town-hall civil servants

  • Politicians

  • Participation experts

  • Technical research

  • Applicable technologies

  • Accessibility

  • Theoretical analysis

  • Theories on Citizen Participation, eDemocracy, eGovernment, etc.

  • Participation experiences

  • e-Participation systems & experiences

  • Sociological research

  • Ceará (Brazil):

    • Participation in developing countries

  • Catalonia (Spain):

    • Municipal e-Participation

  • Design

  • Functionality

  • GUI

  • Internal structure

  • Participatory processes

  • Business models

  • Construction

  • Free Software

  • University bound

  • External funding

  • Pilot installations

  • Spain

  • Brazil

  • Argentina

city-kiosey v.1

to the future

Pilot installations


E participa project

  • Consensus

  • DEMOS

  • Dito & Digalo

  • Webocracy

What is

e-Participation?

e-Participa Project

e-Participation experiences

Principal bases for design

Several e-participation experiences around the world have been analyzed:

  • EDEN

  • OPA Ipatinga

  • Estatut Catalá

  • ...

  • Lessons learnt:

  • Positive consequences of e-participation

  • Key factors for successful e‑participation initiatives

  • Shortcomings of current virtual environments


E participa project

What is

e-Participation?

e-Participa Project

e-Participation experiences

Principal bases for design

Positive consequences of e‑participation

  • Information sharing

  • Quality discussions and effective communication

  • The documentation of participative processes while promoting their transparency

  • The extension of citizen participation to a greater number and range of citizen groups


E participa project

What is

e-Participation?

e-Participa Project

e-Participation experiences

Principal bases for design

Key factors for successful e‑participation initiatives

  • Some are shared with face-to-face participation:

    • Thorough planning of the participative process

    • Commitment to the process on the part of political and administrative entities

    • Promotion of the processes

  • Virtual participative environment

  • Guarantee universal public access to the system

  • Adequate training of citizens and public servants

  • Mediation (or facilitation) of discussions


E participa project

What is

e-Participation?

e-Participa Project

e-Participation experiences

Principal bases for design

Shortcomings of current virtual environments

  • Predominance of systems using proprietary software

  • Do not take into account the role of moderators

  • Participative processes lack continuity, consisting normally of isolated events

  • Main limitation: lack of compatibility with the necessities and characteristics of the municipal environment


E participa project

What is

e-Participation?

e-Participa Project

e-Participation experiences

Principal bases for design

Principal bases for design

  • A focus on the municipal environment

  • Attention to the groups involved in citizen participation

  • Support for the face-to-face participative methods already in operation

  • Development based on Free Software

  • Temporary use of the participation system

  • A tool for municipal government AND citizens’ groups

  • Promoting increased knowledge and social networks

  • Quality discussion, supported by mediation and transparency

  • Citizenship School


E participa project

What is

e-Participation?

e-Participa Project

e-Participation experiences

Principal bases for design

3. Support for the face-to-face participative methods already in operation

  • Electronic participation supports and complements rather than substitutes face-to-face participative mechanisms and processes

  • The system can be easily integrated into existing face-to-face participative processes:

    • Participatory Budgeting

    • Citizen Councils

    • Neighborhood participative processes

    • Internal participative work of government and citizen organizations

    • ...


E participa project

What is

e-Participation?

e-Participa Project

e-Participation experiences

Principal bases for design

4. Development based on Free Software

  • Advantages associated with open source software:

  • lower cost of development and implementation

  • higher level of technological innovation

  • independence with respect to suppliers

  • greater security and privacy

  • greater adaptability to specific needs

  • support of a greater number of languages

Whatever improvements that a municipality incorporates into the system to attend to its specific needs will be available to the entire community of users.


E participa project

What is

e-Participation?

e-Participa Project

e-Participation experiences

Principal bases for design

Principal bases for design

  • A focus on the municipal environment

  • Attention to the groups involved in citizen participation

  • Support for the face-to-face participative methods already in operation

  • Development based on Free Software

  • Temporary use of the participation system

  • A tool for municipal government AND citizens’ groups

  • Promoting increased knowledge and social networks

  • Quality discussion, supported by mediation and transparency

  • Citizenship School


E participa project

What is

e-Participation?

e-Participa Project

e-Participation experiences

Principal bases for design

7. Promoting increased knowledge and social networks

  • The system will seek to take advantage of Internet capabilities in order to promote knowledge sharing, social networking, and a culture of collaboration amongst citizens

  • Examples of collaborative tools:

    • User profiles

    • Possibility of personalizing the system

    • Recognition of quality participation


E participa project

What is

e-Participation?

e-Participa Project

e-Participation experiences

Principal bases for design

8. Quality discussion, supported by mediation and transparency

  • The system needs to promote informed, reflective, quality discussions that lead to thoughtful decisions, buttressed by the contributions of the different collectives involved

  • User-friendly interface that facilitates:

    • Integration with e-mails

    • Incorporation of the discussions in a specific result oriented participative methodology

    • Easy monitoring of the discussion and intuitive access to the interventions

    • High communicative expressivity

    • Debate mediation/facilitation:

      • with tools for analysis of interventions, the creation of summaries and questionnaires that participants will respond to, and the introduction of sub forums, etc.

      • high transparency level guaranteed by the system


E participa project

What is

e-Participation?

e-Participa Project

e-Participation experiences

Principal bases for design

Principal bases for design

  • A focus on the municipal environment

  • Attention to the groups involved in citizen participation

  • Support for the face-to-face participative methods already in operation

  • Development based on Free Software

  • Temporary use of the participation system

  • A tool for municipal government AND citizens’ groups

  • Promoting increased knowledge and social networks

  • Quality discussion, supported by mediation and transparency

  • Citizenship School


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