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Taking the OGP Co-Creation Process Online – Online Tools & Platforms

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Note: This is a curated list of online tools that may be appropriate to use in the different stages of the policymaking cycle. It is not an official endorsement of any tool by OGP. Note that these tools and platforms are constantly being updated. The information below is up to date as of 26 June 2020. If there are any other examples we should add to this list, let us know by using the comments box below.

It is important to consider privacy and security implications in using online tools and platforms. A few great resources on this are:

Crowdsourcing | Collaborative Drafting | Prioritization | Deliberation | Ongoing Monitoring & Assessment | Online Meetings | Online Repository

TOOLS SUGGESTED USES FREE OPEN SOURCE PARTICIPANT LIMIT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/FEATURES
BlueJeans Online Meetings No   No Pricing & Limit Application may need to be downloaded to run the platform smoothly.
Free trial. Priced options start at $9.99/ month/ user billed annually
Box Online Repository Yes No None User must create account Priced options
CitizenLab Crowdsourcing Prioritization No No Customized pricing plan  +100 local authorities run their citizen engagement on CitizenLab.
Price is dependent on specific information you submit in the plan of interest
CitizenOS Crowdsourcing  Prioritization Deliberation Yes Yes None Users can use the Citizen OS website or create their own website with the same capabilities.
Available in different languages
Conceptboard Crowdsourcing Collaborative Drafting Prioritization Deliberation Yes  No None Priced options start at $6/month/user billed annually
ConsiderIt  Crowdsourcing Prioritization Deliberation Yes  No None Customized use (branding and other special features) requires contact for pricing
Consul Crowdsourcing Collaborative Drafting Prioritization Deliberation Ongoing Monitoring & Assessment Yes Yes None May need programming background to set up website/ software Script of the software is downloadable 
Delib.net Crowdsourcing Prioritization Deliberation Collaborative Drafting No No No Info Account and fixed price subscription package needed
Deliberatorium Crowdsourcing Deliberation Yes No Info No Info Use guidance. Need to contact Mark Klein to use system
DemocracyOS Crowdsourcing Prioritization Deliberation Collaborative Drafting Yes Yes None May need expert programming
Argentina has used this platform for online consultations
Discuto Deliberation Prioritization Yes  No Info None Users need to be familiar with MS word, Libre Office, or Google Drive
Priced options start at €99/month
Dropbox Online Repository Yes  No None User must create account Priced options start at $9.99. 
Eprints Online Repository No Yes   Service Provider – Client relationship
DSpace Ongoing Monitoring & Assessment (Repository) Yes Yes None Customizable.
Digital content includes text, images, moving images, audio, and data sets.
Ethelo Crowdsourcing Prioritization Deliberation Collaborative Drafting No   Contact for a free consultation Customized pricing Patented algorithm enables groups of any size find smart and effective decisions quickly and fairly
Etherpad Collaborative Drafting Yes Yes None User needs to download For small scale projects where you want a more fluid exchange of ideas while drafting
Facebook Crowdsourcing Deliberation Yes No None User must create an account
Google Docs Collaborative Drafting  Yes No None Users must create a Google account
Google Drive Online Repository Yes No None Users must create a Google account
Google Forms Crowdsourcing Prioritization Yes No None Users must create a Google account
Google Hangouts Online Meetings Yes No None Users must create a Google account
Google Meet Online Meetings Yes No None Users must create a Google account
GoToMeeting Online Meetings No No Pricing & Limit Free trial. Priced Options start at $12/ month/ user
Ideaflip Crowdsourcing Prioritization Deliberation Collaborative Drafting Yes   Pricing Free trial for 14 days and then starts at $9/month
Jitsi Meet Online Meetings Yes Yes None  
JoeDocs Collaborative Drafting  Yes Yes None Social sharing images and descriptions Discoverable on search engines Custom domain names Configurable urls
LinkedIn Crowdsourcing Free No None User must create an account
Loomio Crowdsourcing Prioritization Deliberation Collaborative Drafting No.  Yes   Email thread interface that allows participants / audience to add polls and survey that contributes to the topic of discussion
Free trial. Priced options start at $1/month/user
Mentimeter Crowdsourcing (Survey Tool) Prioritization Deliberation Yes    None Templates provided for different types of survey. Data can be seen in real time when used.
Priced options starts at $9.99/month/ user
Microsoft Teams Online Meetings Yes  No Pricing & Limit Pricing Options
Mural Collaborative Drafting Prioritization Yes No Pricing Collaborative planning & visualization Has pre-existing templates on brainstorming, design, reflection, planning. Free 30 day trial. Pricing starts at $12/month/ user billed annually

Pol.is Crowdsourcing (Survey Tool) Yes Yes No Info Limited response only allows for agree, disagree, and pass)  Identifies points of consensus and divergence.
Poll Everywhere Crowdsourcing (Survey Tool) Prioritization No.  No Pricing Limit 25 audience size for the free account.
Priced options start at $120/year
Reddit Crowdsourcing Prioritization Deliberation Yes No None Sign up needed
Skype Online Meetings Yes No None Account creation needed for all participants. Application may need to be downloaded to run platform smoothly
Slido Crowdsourcing (Survey Tool) Prioritization Yes      Can be used to ask questions. Audience can contribute to discussion or ask questions and voted up in the thread.
Priced options start at $900/year
SurveyMonkey Crowdsourcing (Survey Tool) No No Pricing Pricing choices between business plan and personal plan.
Starts at $25/month/ user billed annually
Trello Collaborative Drafting Yes No Pricing & Limits Sign up needed.
 Priced options
Twitter  Crowdsourcing (Survey Tool)   Yes Yes None  
Xoyondo Crowdsourcing (Survey Tool) Prioritization Yes    None Basic Polling tool.
Priced options start at $29/Year
YourPriorities Crowdsourcing Prioritization Deliberation Yes Yes Available with a service level agreement for governments and larger organizations Might need programming expertise but has a tutorial
Examples of government use here
Free for non profits only.
Zencity Prioritization     No pricing indicated, request demo to find out Collect millions of resident and city-generated data points Uses AI to generate insights about resident needs and priorities
Designed specifically for local governments
Zoom Online Meetings Yes No Pricing & Limit Application may need to be downloaded to run the platform smoothly.
Priced options start at $14.99/ month/user

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