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General presentation of Decidim's features
Decidim: Overview of the Features
This document aims to briefly present the Decidim platform, its philosophy, its functioning and its participative functionalities.
Decidim, an online platform
- A software intended for any actor wishing to engage in a participatory initiative.
- An online platform allowing the set up of participatory processes through its numerous functionalities (examples: participative budget, debate, contributory space (allows users to post contributions), questionnaires/forms, etc).
- Allows organisations to equip themselves with a digital tool dedicated to participation.
Decidim, free and open source software
- Everyone has the possibility to adapt the software, improve it or analyse its code.
- Promise of greater quality (continuous improvement), greater security (the code can easily be tested and corrected) and total transparency.
- Enables the development of a more open and participatory democracy.
- Builds trust: data management, transparency, etc.
Five areas for the creation of functionalities and content: Processes, Assemblies, Initiatives, Votes, Conferences
- Processes are suitable for the implementation of a time-bound participatory mechanism, with stages (participatory budget, classic consultation with harvesting of/voting on proposals for example, etc.).
- Assemblies are better suited to participatory governance over a long period of time. It is also possible to create sub-assemblies and/or to link an assembly with a consultation.
- → Assemblies can, for example, be useful for setting up an internal participatory mechanism within an organisation, allowing it to create working groups/sub-groups via sub-assemblies.
- The Initiatives are a space similar to petitions (coming soon).
- Voting allow for the implementation of referendums (coming soon).
- Conferences are used to provide information on a particular event to provide a maximum of detail on the programme, benefit from a more developed registration module, etc.
Numerous participation modules
- Proposal: allows for the creation of a participatory space in order for users to post a contribution/idea/proposal; to vote for proposals; to support proposals (equivalent to "Like"); to comment on proposals; to filter proposals, etc.
- Meetings: allows you to highlight an event (workshop, public meeting, debate, etc.) by indicating its date, location, description/objectives and/or by integrating visuals (posters, "flyers", etc.).
- Survey: allows you to create surveys/forms/questionnaires and choose how to answer them: single choice; multiple choice; short answer; long answer; and sorting in the desired order. This functionality makes it easy to set up a registration form, questionnaire or survey that lends itself to the format. Example of the CNDP's imPACtons platform
- News: allows you to organise a "blog" type section on the platform, allowing users to comment on the various articles and the administrator to communicate.
- Debates: enables open debates initiated by the administrator and/or by users through a comment thread.
- Budgets: enables the set up a participative budget after a submission of proposals by users or by the administrator.
Users can thus vote for different projects, follow the budget and its evolution, etc.
- Page: create and edit pages informing the user about the platform administrator, the current consultation, the methods of participation, the objectives, etc.
- Random selection: allows you to randomly draw applications/proposals. For example, it can be useful to create assemblies by random selection. Example of the Lille European Metropolis platform
- Accountability: The "accountability" functionality allows users to monitor the progress of the implementation (on a global scale, by category and/or by sub-category) of the action linked to a consultation. Example of the Barcelona Platform
Details on the functionalities
- Category: allows the creation of categories, permitting users to classify their proposals by theme (e.g. housing, environment, social justice, etc.).
- Sectors: enables the creation of geographical categories (e.g. by neighbourhood, district, etc.).
- Pages: allows you to create "cold pages" (FAQ, T&Cs, Legal notices, etc.)
Advantages of the Decidim platform
A social and engaging dimension :
User profiles enable the development of a type of social network, including the possibility for users to subscribe to a profile, exchange messages, create user communities, etc.
A transparent participative path from the submission of an idea to its realisation:
A platform offering real traceability of participation through the proposal and follow-up modules. For each proposal, Decidim makes it possible to indicate its origin, whether it comes from a public meeting, an institution or a group of citizens.
A proposal on Decidim is a living content that can be linked to other contents in the platform: an investment project from the participatory budget, an achievement announced by an institution whose progress is monitored over time.
An inclusive and accessible platform through the combination of digital and face-to-face content:
16% of French people do not feel capable of carrying out online procedures, 40% are worried about the idea of carrying out online procedures and 28% wish to be accompanied in local establishments. This shows that there is a real need to combine digital and face-to-face tools, in order to allow the greatest possible number of people to participate. Thus, the "represented user" function makes it possible to contribute on the platform in the name of a person, whether or not they have an account. This can be very useful to include people who are not very familiar with digital technology in a participatory process, for example, by collecting contributions in markets or during door-to-door sessions.