by Innovation in Politics Institute
News and everything you need to know on digital democracy, online participation and e-voting
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Six Advantages of Digital Citizen Participation 

What does it take to get more citizens involved in democratic processes? Participation Factory outlines the key benefits of using digital tools to boost the breadth and quality of citizen participation while optimising valuable resources.

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4 Common Myths About Digital Participation 

Based on lessons learned in Ghana's Shama District - Participation Factory shares insights about common myths about digital participation and what expectations it can and can’t fulfil

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The Underestimated Impact of School Participatory Budgeting

Participatory budgets (PBs) are usually open for the entire community to take part in – but there can be real advantages to starting with a smaller-scale school participatory budget.

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What Is Systematic Participation and Why Should You Care?

Systematic Participation is a new approach to community engagement that goes beyond ad-hoc projects. Despite an increase in participatory budgeting and other participatory initiatives, participation efforts of local governments often fall short due to insufficient planning and inadequate infrastructure.

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4 Common Administrative Hurdles to Digital Participation

Successful participation projects are about engaging your community. But they also require you to get your own administration on your side – which is not always all that simple.

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What Municipalities and Developers Need to Know About Working Together

Developers and local governments are increasingly becoming partners in the development and implementation of democracy technology. But there can sometimes be a gulf in understanding that needs to be overcome. Here’s a few things to bear in mind before you begin.

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5 Reasons to Avoid Online-Only Participation

Digital tools have the capacity to widen participation. But the most successful projects don't rely exclusively on digital formats.

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Top 5 Advantages of Digital Participation

Participatory processes allow governments to map the needs of citizens and involve them in policy and decision-making processes that affect their lives, enabling the design of development strategies in line with the needs of local people.

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Is Participatory Budgeting right for your community?

The purpose of Participatory Budgeting (PB) is to engage citizens in decision-making about shaping the place where they live. But they may not be the best solution for your community.

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Top Five Things to Know about Civic Tech Before You Start

Civic Tech is enticing, and increasingly, it can even seem like an inevitability. However, there are a few things that you need to know and consider before getting started with the Civic Tech.

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