In recent years, citizen participation has become an important issue for municipalities. Several forms of citizen participation are possible to involve citizens in political-administrative decisions (e.g., noise-action planning or participatory budgeting). For this purpose, some municipalities increasingly use the internet.
So far, there has been no overview of how many municipalities use the internet for which kind of participation processes. In 2015 the NRW-Fortschrittskolleg “Online-Participation” has taken on this task. Based on a survey of municipalities and counties in North Rhine-Westfalia (NRW), a database of all Internet-based participation procedures of the last ten years has been set up.
The information collected in the survey is being presented in an interactive participation map and can be found here: www.monitor-online-partizipation.de (in German). The data can be retrieved for each individual municipality under an open license. Further information about the project can be found on the project website.
Monitor Online Participation 2.0
After the successful first survey in 2015/2016, the study will be continued in 2019. The “DIID Monitor Online Participation 2.0” has set itself the task of updating the data from the initial survey in order to indicate constancy and change as well as making new fields of research accessible.
A pdf version of the online questionnaire can be found here.
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