The working groups are an IOPD collaborative mechanism to work between conferences, proposed and approved at the Annual Internal Sessions. Reflection focuses on ways of promoting tools that strengthen democracy and give added impetus to the active participation of citizens in debates, designs, decisions and the implementation of public policies. All interested IOPD members may participate in the work groups and contribute to them. Each group is coordinated by a city, which, with the support of the Technical Secretariat, is responsible for issuing framework documents on work to be carried out, collecting contributions from members and making the work group as dynamic as possible.
In the 16th IOPD Conference (May 2016) three new working groups were approved: