Decidim and the Municipal Action Plan in Barcelona: co-producing and auditing public policy through a political network

Pablo Aragón
Virgile Deville

20 Mar 2019, 9:30 a.m.
Room CC9, Level -1 (Conference Centre)

Decidim and the Municipal Action Plan in Barcelona (2016-2019): co-producing and auditing public policy through a public-common political network.

Decidim (decidim.org) is a free/open source software (github.com/decidim/decidim) for participatory democracy sponsored and used by Barcelona city council as well as other cities and social organisations. The software currently has more than 80,000 users all over the world; its most successful implementation is Decidim.barcelona, the participation platform of the city of Barcelona. The project has also gathered a civic tech community of more than 700 people, ranging from city council technicians to citizens of Barcelona, that directly intervene in the direction of the project.

Back in 2016, Decidim.barcelona was first used to enable a hybrid online-offline process for the elaboration of the Municipal Action Plan of the city of Barcelona, the roadmap for the government's public policies during its four-year mandate. More than 40,000 people participated, generating more than 10,000 proposals.

Decidim.barcelona has allowed the tracking of progress in the implementation of the Municipal Action Plan during the mandate, which ends in May 2019. It has also allowed dozens of smaller and simpler processes to be run.

Hear about Decidim, its origins, key functionalities, and the community around it, with key data showing its role in the co-production and public auditing of the Municipal Action Plan. Learn of the potential and limits of the project as a public-common political network for the co-production and transparency of public policies, as well as for many other forms of collective organisation, participation, and action.

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Decidim and the Municipal Action Plan in Barcelona: co-producing and auditing public policy through a political network: Pablo Aragón (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain) Virgile Deville (Open Source Politics, Code for France, Democracy Earth) from mysociety