Citizen Audit on the Quality of Democracy in Costa Rica
The Citizen Audit on the Quality of Democracy in Costa Rica was a methodology for citizen participation, deliberation and evaluation of public affairs and for the in-depth study of democracy, with discernible impacts on political life such as the modification of the agendas of social and political stakeholders. It counted on an advisory council formed by individuals from diverse social sectors and the participation of hundreds of people throughout the different stages of the audit. The citizen audit contributed to the development of citizens' capacities to critically and informatively participate in the governance of their society.
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?
- not backed by constitution nor legislation, nor by any governmental policy or program
- Mode of selection of participants
- Type of participants
- civil society
- democratic innovation yields no decision