by Innovation in Politics Institute

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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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Digital Tools to Help Political Parties

Democracy technologies aren't just for managing deliberative and participatory processes, they can also be used to build, manage and grow political parties. Here are a few examples of tools that might help.

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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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4 Useful Resources on Digital Participation Tools

Choosing the right tool can be a tricky part of planning a participation project. Here are four useful resources which should help you get oriented, including a database that we have just launched.

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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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How to Achieve Diversity in Citizens’ Assemblies

The question of representation in citizens' assemblies can be a thorny issue. But the best way of increasing diversity is simple: ask people what they need to participate.

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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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Does Citizens’ Participation become scalable through AI?

Artificial Intelligence can help scale participatory and deliberative democracy, but there are some caveats.

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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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Antwerp’s 10 Conditions for Good Participation

The City of Antwerp has developed training materials to guide less experienced city employees through the process of setting up their first participation projects. The "10 conditions for good participation" are part of this guide, and serve as a checklist for anyone starting a new participation project.

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