The Distinction "Best Practice in Citizen Participation" is an award given annually by the International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) to recognize public policies implemented by local governments.
The main criteria taken into account to assessing applications are:
- Achieving greater levels of equality by including all of the parties involved and, thereby, strengthening their capacities and creating a more just society.
- Engendering citizenship, extending citizens’ rights, granting new freedoms and responsibilities for democratic activity.
- Instilling a sense of legitimacy and confidence in public powers: fomenting actions that increase transparent decision-making and, thereby, bring about improvements in governance.
- Creating more effectiveness in public management, and improving the results of public policies.
It is also takes into account the degree of innovation of the experience, the transferability to other contexts or the evaluation of the public policy in question.
In this 11th edition of the award "Best Practice in Citizen Participation", 48 local and regional governments have applied their candidacy. These nominations were from the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mexico, Mozambique, Peru, Portugal, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United States and Venezuela.
The International Jury has decided to award the 11th Distinction to the candidature presented by the municipality of La Paz (Bolivia): “Program neighborhoods and communities of truth", a program that emerges of the inhabitants and promotes participation in all stages of the process.
Furthermore there are granted with a Special Mention:
The material that we present is a synthesis of each of the different candidacies presented. The complete files of nominations will be published on the case of studies IOPD website space.
We would like to pass on our special thanks to all of those local governments that made the time and effort to present a candidacy, along with all of the institutions that have helped us to spread this initiative and those of the network’s collaborating members that, as the Jury, took part in evaluating all of the different experiences presented.
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Submit your proposal until the 7th May 2018.
If you need help to translate it into any language, you must send your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org before the 22th April 2018.
From the 8th to the 14th May 2018 we will evaluate the compliance with the requirements that are specified in section 3 of the terms and will reject those proposals that do not comply with them.
From the 15th to the 31st May 2018 it is your turn to comment and vote! IOPD members who have signed up to the digital platform will be able to comment the proposals and ask questions to the person who submits it. Each member will be able to vote for up to three proposals.
And then? A ranking with all proposals will be made and the 20 proposals which have more votes will move to the next stage. Should less than 40 proposals be submitted, only the ones which are among the 50% most voted will move to the next stage. If there should be several proposals with the same number of votes, the ones to move to the next stage will be decided by lot.
Each member of the jury will evaluate 10 proposals and will submit a report on each of them through a form. The report will include the point assignments for each of the evaluation criteria (section 5 of the terms) and a brief justification. The proposal which has more points will be the winner! Also, the jury will be able to choose up to five special mentions.
The result of the prizes will be made public during the annual IOPD conference taking place from 25th to the 28th November 2018. On the other hand, jury comments will be sent to the candidacies that have made it to the fifth stage for the purpose of them to be used to improve the practices on participatory democracy.