Mérida Decides is an initiative that was implemented by the Municipal Government of Mérida, Yucatán, with the aim of increasing transparency and promoting collaboration between citizens and local authorities in order to co-create and develop the Municipal Development Plan 2018-2021.For the drafting of the Plan, and through the active use of the participatory innovation platform, the local authorities organized 98 public meetings in which citizens were able to exchange and debate ideas. In addition, citizens were able to suggest proposals through the platform and to vote for existing ones. At the end of the project, 1600 participants were involved in the drafting of the Municipal Development Plan, for which 1052 citizen proposals were taken into consideration. After the drafting of the Plan, the platform continued to be used for other governmental projects. To date, there are 2,888 registered participants in the platform.
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