“Decide Veracruz” is a digital platform implemented by Veracruz’s Municipal Council with the aim of engaging citizen participation in the different processes and initiatives inside the municipality. To access the platform, citizens have to register themselves as users so they can be enabled to comment and propose their opinions regarding the initiatives intended for the city. Once registered, citizens can participate via public meetings, digital debates, or through the concrete suggestion of proposals in the platform to be analyzed and considered by the authorities for their future implementation. The objective of the initiative is to promote collaboration between citizens and municipal authorities, encouraging the involvement of the former in the community’s projects and activities, and increasing transparency and trust towards the government. Most of the currently active participation initiatives focus on urban management and formal protocols to be applied to local authorities, such as the Code of Ethics for public officials.
Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?
Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?
Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?
Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?
Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?
Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?
- only backed by a governmental program or policy
- Mode of selection of participants
- Type of participants
- democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision