Participatory Public Accounts

Participatory Public Accounts are processes of citizen dialogue, framed within Law 20.500 of Citizen Participation. They aim to increase the accountability of public institutions before representatives of the civil society and citizens in general. In addition to face-to-face dialogues, these processes include a period of time for the participation of citizens through a website. After entering, citizens can send their comments and opinions in digital form. At the end of the accountability process, the authority of the service responds to the set of considerations shared by citizens through a document that is available on the same site and is sent to the user´s email. In 2016, Chile registered 27 Public Accounts.

Institutional design


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 no decision  


  • Deliberation
  • Direct Voting
  • E-Participation
  • Citizen Representation


  • Accountability
  • Responsiveness
  • Rule of Law
  • Political Inclusion
  • Social Equality

Policy cycle

Agenda setting
Formulation and decision-making
Policy Evaluation


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