Use cases

CitizenLab can help you tackle the specific issues you're facing. Here are some of the ways local governments and organizations successfully mobilized their communities with our platform.

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Virtual community workshops

CitizenLab can help you tap into your community's collective intelligence by enabling you to consult residents during live community workshops to shape better, fairer, and more representative policies.

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Action plans to tackle climate change

Running surveys, collecting innovative ideas, setting up a participatory budget, facilitating live discussions... the CitizenLab platform gives you multiple options to get residents involved in climate change action plans.

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Participatory budgeting

Participatory budgeting enables cities to involve their community in budget decisions and gain insight into community members’ priorities. Discover how you can engage your community in budgeting decisions with our 'budget game' feature.

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Some articles from our blog

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One tool, multiple possibilities: three examples of participatory budgets

These past few months, participatory budgets have been the talk of the town(s). It would however be a mistake to disregard them as a fad – they’re in fact powerful tools used to make public governance more accessible and transparent ...

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Chosing the right participation method

Survey, idea gathering, participatory budget… when launching a citizen participation project, there are many options to choose from. A survey will yield different answers and reach different audiences than a straightforward vote or a participatory budget – it’s therefore crucial to pick the option that’s ..

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4 reasons why digital participation is easier than you think

If you’re reading this post, chances are you’re probably already convinced that citizen participation is a good thing. However, what you might not be so convinced about is that it can be done without a huge amount of resources. And yet, it's true! ...

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Idea Sourcing to Solve Housing Crisis in Vancouver: A Case Study

In tackling the challenges of affordable housing, the Canadian city of Vancouver put the decision-making power where it belongs: with its people. The 2,530,746 Vancouverites were encouraged to share their ideas on...

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What’s the difference between Civic tech and Gov tech?

Although many amongst us use the term interchangeably, there are important differences between both. This article sheds a light upon the existing confusion there is between Civic Tech and GovTech. Time to demystify the differences!

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The barriers for citizen participation: why aren’t cities doing ‘more’?

Our cities are becoming increasingly more technological in nature, but somehow, digital participation isn’t always growing accordingly. What are the main barriers to citizen participation?

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10 Must-Read Books about Digital Democracy

As winter’s coming, you might find some more time to grab a book and learn about our democracies in the digital age. We have curated our favourite list of recently released books exploring how the Internet...

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Citizens voted and commented on 4 different designs for the future town square. The data reports made the council understand the various arguments amongst the population.

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2pm, PST

Discover how to engage your citizens

Citizens voted and commented on 4 different designs for the future town square. The data reports made the council understand the various arguments amongst the population.

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