Use cases

Want to know how CitizenLab can help you tackle specific issues you're facing? Here are some use cases for which local governments and organizations successfully mobilized their communities with our platform.

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Blended community engagement: how your city can make more inclusive, equitable, and strategic decisions

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What if community engagement could help solve the climate change challenge?CitizenLab is here to help you tap into collective intelligence and consult residents to shape better, fairer climate policies.

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Action plans to tackle climate change

Written in collaboration with the Department of Civic Things, part one of this two-part series explores the steps you need to take to create a sustainable and effective community engagement strategy for your government agency.

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Participatory budgeting

Participatory budgeting is by now a popular consultation method for local governments decision-making process, it is enables cities to involve their community in budget decisions and gain insight into citizens’ priorities.

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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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27th September 2019
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.

27th September 2019
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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