Participa.br is a collaborative and participatory digital platform created by the Brazilian federal government in March 2014 to replace the Governo Eletrônico platform. Through it, it is possible to carry out public consultations on topics of interest to the federal government, create communities of debate, and give opinions and make complaints about public policies. Citizens can also propose topics for discussion and public policies to the federal government, interact with other users and seek support and contributions to their proposals. Participa.br was the main digital citizen participation platform proposed by the Brazilian federal government in Dilma Rousseff’s first term.
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?
- embedded in the constitution/legislation
- Mode of selection of participants
- Type of participants
- Democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision