Partecipa.net: a kit of Methods and Tools for eParticipation Processes
Partecipa.net:a Kit of Methods and Tools foreParticipation ProcessesSixth International EGOV Conference 2007Regensburg – 2007/09/04Sabrina Franceschini, Lucia MazzoniEmilia-Romagna regional Government, Asterpartecipanet@regione.emilia-romagna.itwww.partecipa.net
IntroductionSince 2004 the Emilia-Romagna RegionalGovernment (Italy) is engaged in an e-participationprojectPartecipa.net is an e-democracy project aimed tostimulate the citizens participation through newmechanisms and new information systemsThe project is testing a permanent connectionsystem allowing telematic participation of citizens tothe definition of local policies
Budget & Timing• Partecipa.net is partially funded by Italian InnovationMinistry•Requires an economical co-participation of eachpartner• Budget: 730.700 euro for 24 months, 300.000 fromthe Ministry• Start date: September 1, 2005• End date: October 31, 2007
Aims•To define and create participation processes in anintegrated manner;• to promote participation within and outside theadministrations;• to provide a tool usable by all level of PA;• to define, test and disseminate the methodology;> Partecipa.net has been designed as a project basedon collaborative learning where all involved partners(PAs, citizens associations) contribute to increasingthe culture of participation to the political choices, inthe spirit of a true governance.
Outputs• e-democracy portal: www.partecipa.net• creation of an E-democracy Kit;• implementation of the kit by the PAs partner of theproject;• testing of the kit through the realisation ofparticipation processes on Urban planning;• creation of a committed working community
E-democracy kit: toolsa set of open source software tools to that allow citizens to:implement technologies to: distribute information receive information on selected issues via different channels address questions on specific enable the dialogue themes and get on line personalized between PA and answers from experts citizens take part to on-line forums access on-line technical d documentation (library) consultation take part to surveys
E-democracy kit: guidelines andmethodologies• Guidelines to organize an editorial team to publishthematic information and manage personalconsultancy•A moderation methodology to manage on-line forum,guidelines to service implementation and how to set-upa moderation team•A methodology to obtain and publish participationprocesses results from the moderation team•A methodology of filing and storing, to manage resultsand contributions from the moderation team
Criticalities and shortcomings• project timing <> political/administrative timing• to involve decision-makers and citizens• lack of communication => participation needs a lot ofcommunication!!• difficult to create a developer and user community tomanage the tools
Next steps• end of the project activities and evaluation• new ICT plan of the Emilia-Romagna region(2007-2009) • new PAs users of the Kit, new e-dem processes fromthe Partecipa.net partners• European project?