Skip to main content

Enabling Multichannel PArticipation Through ICT Adaptations

Objective

Participatory budgeting (PB) represents one of the most successful civic innovations of the last quarter-century. At a time when voter turnout in Europe is lagging and public institutions struggle to maintain trust and legitimacy within a framework of growing budgetary cuts, PB has proved itself to be a powerful tool for citizens to join in the essential tasks of governing, not only as voters but also as decision-makers themselves.

EMPATIA aims at producing the first ICT platform capable of fully encompassing both the decision-making cycle and the implementation cycle of PB whose integration is considered indispensable by literature as the main driver of the self-sustainability process. It will harness the collaborative power of ICT networks applied to PB, seeking to radically enhance the inclusiveness and impact of PB processes, enabling citizens, individually and collectively, to take deliberate and informed action for the public good. This will lower barriers to information and participation, deepening citizen engagement and trust in public institutions, collaborating alongside them to make their communities more sustainable.

EMPATIA consists of multidisciplinary consortium, with expertise in adjacent fields – research and implementation of participatory and voting processes, ICT integration, evaluation of technological and societal impacts among others – that will include in its activities the implementation of three distinct PB Pilots, with citizens from the municipalities of Lisbon (Portugal), Ričany (Czech Republic) and Bonn (Germany), allowing a thorough analysis and validation of the EMPATIA platform.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2015
See other projects for this call

Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

CENTRO DE ESTUDOS SOCIAIS
Address
Colegio S Jeronimo Praca D Dinis
3000 995 Coimbra
Portugal
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 410 625

Participants (7)

ONE SOURCE CONSULTORIA INFORMATICA LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 409 250
Address
Rua D. João De Castro, Lote 12
3030-384 Coimbra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DEMOKRATIE 2.1 S.R.O.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 95 625
Address
Zapova 1559/18, Smichov
Praha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 50 000
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 112 500
Address
Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ZEBRALOG GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 188 125
Address
Chausseestrasse 8 Aufgang E
10115 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASSOCIACAO IN LOCO, DE INTERVENCAO,FORMACAO E ESTUDOS PARA O DESENVOLVIMENTO LOCAL
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 117 500
Address
Avenida Da Liberdade
8150 101 Sao Bras De Alportel
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITY OF BRADFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 100 000
Address
Richmond Road
BD7 1DP Bradford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments