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The Distinction "Best Practice in Citizen Participation" is an award given annually by the International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) to recognize public policies implemented by local governments.

Terms of the Call 2018

The main criteria taken into account to assessing applications are:

- Achieving greater levels of equality by including all of the parties involved and, thereby, strengthening their capacities and creating a more just society.

- Engendering citizenship, extending citizens’ rights, granting new freedoms and responsibilities for democratic activity.

- Instilling a sense of legitimacy and confidence in public powers: fomenting actions that increase transparent decision-making and, thereby, bring about improvements in governance.

- Creating more effectiveness in public management, and improving the results of public policies.

It is also takes into account the degree of innovation of the experience, the transferability to other contexts or the evaluation of the public policy in question.

In this 11th edition of the award "Best Practice in Citizen Participation", 48 local and regional governments have applied their candidacy. These nominations were from the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mexico, Mozambique, Peru, Portugal, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United States and Venezuela.

The International Jury has decided to award the 11th Distinction to the candidature presented by the municipality of La Paz (Bolivia): “Program neighborhoods and communities of truth", a program that emerges of the inhabitants and promotes participation in all stages of the process.

Furthermore there are granted with a Special Mention:

  • Ampasy (Madagascar): “Participatory Budgeting

  • Austin (Texas, United States): "Conversation Corps"

  • Cabildo de Tenerife (Spain): "Hey! Tenerife"

  • Nanterre (France): "The permanent Agora"

  • New Taipei (Taiwan): "Participatory Budgeting for Disabled Persons Employment Promotion in the Sanxia District"

  • San Casciano Val di Pesa (Italy): "Community Mobility Network"

The material that we present is a synthesis of each of the different candidacies presented. The complete files of nominations will be published on the case of studies IOPD website space.

We would like to pass on our special thanks to all of those local governments that made the time and effort to present a candidacy, along with all of the institutions that have helped us to spread this initiative and those of the network’s collaborating members that, as the Jury, took part in evaluating all of the different experiences presented.

Previous editions

How can I join the PARTICIPATE OIDP platform

1st Become member of IOPD

  • If you want to be part of our network, sign up here.

2nd Join the PARTICIPATE OIDP platform

  • Sign up to the platform using the same email address you use for IOPD.

    Example of how to register

  • You will receive a confirmation email from Follow the link and create your password

  • Sign in to the platform

  • Once you are inside, you must fill in your personal profile as a representative of your institution/organisation.

  • You have to authorize your profile with your email

You will find all the details in the Participate IOPD platform, in each of the process stages. Also, you may find answers to other questions in the FAQs page.


First stage - proposal submissions:

Submit your proposal until the 7th May 2018.
If you need help to translate it into any language, you must send your proposal to before the 22th April 2018.

Second stage - evaluation of formal requirements:

From the 8th to the 14th May 2018 we will evaluate the compliance with the requirements that are specified in section 3 of the terms and will reject  those proposals that do not comply with them.

Third stage - comments and voting:

From the 15th to the 31st May 2018 it is your turn to comment and vote! IOPD members who have signed up to the digital platform will be able to comment the proposals and ask questions to the person who submits it. Each member will be able to vote for up to three proposals.

And then? A ranking with all proposals will be made and the 20 proposals which have more votes will move to the next stage. Should less than 40 proposals be submitted, only the ones which are among the 50% most voted will move to the next stage. If there should be several proposals with the same number of votes, the ones to move to the next stage will be decided by lot.

Fourth stage - submission of the full proposal:

Have you made it to the fourth stage? Congratulations! Now you have to submit the full proposal filling in a new form with questions which are related to the evaluation criteria that the jury must follow.

Also, if you want you may submit complementary information in digital format to enhance your candidacy. You will have time to send the full proposal to until the 15th July 2018.

Fifth stage - jury evaluation

Each member of the jury will evaluate 10 proposals and will submit a report on each of them through a form. The report will include the point assignments for each of the evaluation criteria (section 5 of the terms) and a brief justification. The proposal which has more points will be the winner! Also, the jury will be able to choose up to five special mentions.

Final stage - publication of results and feedback

The result of the prizes will be made public during the annual IOPD conference taking place from 25th to the 28th November 2018. On the other hand,  jury comments will be sent to the candidacies that have made it to the fifth stage for the purpose of them to be used to improve the practices on participatory democracy.