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Participa! (IT0017)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Italy, Second Action Plan, 2014-2016

Action Plan Cycle: 2014

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: DPA

Support Institution(s): AgID

Policy Areas

E-Government, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Italy End-of-Term Report 2014-2016

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Civic Participation Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Restructure and revamp the Partecipa! portal as a reference platform for processes of public participation, expanding the current context, limited to consultation, to the stages of monitoring the implementation and the evaluation of services/policies. Create a single signing system for the citizens who participate, so that they can follow the evolution of the initiatives in which they are involved and can also have a public structured space where they can make proposals to the institutions and administrations. Foster the management and dissemination of available applications, optimizing the use of civic media.

IRM Midterm Status Summary

Commitment 1. Partecipa!

Commitment Text:

Restructure and revamp the Partecipa! portal as a reference platform for processes of public participation, expanding the current context, limited to consultation, to the stages of monitoring the implementation and the evaluation of services/policies.

Create a single signing system for the citizens who participate, so that they can follow the evolution of the initiatives in which they are involved and can also have a public structured space where they can make proposals to the institutions and administrations. Foster the management and dissemination of available applications, optimizing the use of civic media.

Specific Objectives

· Restructure and revamp the Partecipa! portal as open front end where you can:..........

- activate a public structured space to receive proposals and requests for administrations;-

- set up a smart repository for all the participation processes, clustering the experiences on the basis of similarity, reuse, performance offered, best practices and collect the tools, the technical documentation, the methods, the guides, etc., to manage the consultation processes;

- set up a single sign in system for the citizens, with the option to subscribe to a newsletter and the possibility to receive automatic alerts on the progress of the initiative which they have participated in;

- create a repository of the civic open source applications and of the civic media that can be (re) used to build the consultation processes, with summary profiles and opportunity for comment by users.

Responsible institution: DPA

Supporting institution(s): AgID

Start date: January 2015                                           End date:  June 2016

Commitment Aim:

The commitment aimed at improving public participation in services design and delivery by offering a single point of entry to anyone interested in taking part in consultations about specific public policies. A platform was available only for consultation prior to the implementation of the commitment. The platform was later launched in November 2014 as part of a series of initiatives to improve public consultation[Note 1: http://www.logospa.it/archivio-news/2920-18-11-2014-partecipa-il-portale-per-le-consultazioni-pubbliche.html].

Status

Mid-term: Not started

According to the IRM researcher and official government sources, the implementation of the commitment had not started during the first cycle of implementation. An internet archive search by the IRM team found that the Italian Government launched the initiative “Partecipa!” in 2013[Note 2: www.partecipa.gov.it] to engage citizens in the process of Constitutional reform. The site gathered around 425.700 visits from around 306.500 unique visitors. It was then used for consultation during the development of the first and second OGP Action Plans: the consultation for the second Action Plan was opened from 4 to 21 November 2014. The IRM researchers did not find further evidence of any actions taken to restructure or revamp this portal at the mid term mark. For more information, please see the 2014-2015 mid-term IRM report.

End of term: Not started

Based on Italy’s self-assessment report and desk research conducted by the IRM researcher, there was no further progress on the implementation of the overall commitment. Since the mid-term IRM report, the government did not conduct any consultations with stakeholders. Representatives within the government also confirmed that the lack of implementation of the commitment was due to the delay in the approval by the parliament of the necessary legislative provisions (Legge delega 124/2015 and consequent legislative decrees) needed to start developing the project[Note 3: The government’s self-assessment report states that “The time needed by Parliament to approve the Delegated Law no. 124/2015 and the related enabling decrees did not allow us to start the implementation of Actions 1 and 2 of the Action Plan focusing on participation”. Action 1 is the commitment about Partecipa!. Final review on the implementation of the Second Italian OGP Action Plan. Available at: http://www.opengovpartnership.org/sites/default/files/Italy_End-of-Term_Self-Assessment_%202014-2016_ENG.PDF]. The delay was due to the fact that the government inherited a backlog of laws that needed a secondary legislation in order to be effective.

Did it open government?

Civic Participation: Did not change

Ensuring public participation on policy proposals and practices requires a consistent set of common guidelines, a clear methodology for engagement, and a single point of entry that avoids a proliferation of online platforms. Although the government showed willingness to develop the project in line with these principles, the lack of implementation hampered the opportunity to see these principles in practice, so the commitment did not change the status quo.

The high number of users for the consultation on the constitutional reform carried out in 2013 raised the expectations that further development of the platform would increase the number and quality of the consultation. However, the delay in approving the necessary administrative provisions to start the upgrade of the platform prevented the stakeholders to continue to have a space for participation and consultation thus jeopardizing the previous government’s effort to engage a significant number of participants.

Carried forward?

Although in a much more simplified version, this commitment has carried over to commitment 14 of the next action plan called “Strategy for Participation”. The scope of the new commitment is to develop a clear methodology for public consultations, thus avoiding the proliferation of platforms that has in the past contributed to decrease the interest and willing to engage of many stakeholders.


Italy's Commitments

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  2. Opening data on mobility through OpenTrasporti

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  3. Istat Linked Open Data

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  4. Access and reuse of data from the education system

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  5. OpenCUP Portal –National registry of public investment projects

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  6. Firenze Open Data

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  7. FOIA: implementation and monitoring

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  8. (More) Transparent Administration

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  9. Social networks for transparency in PA

    IT0031, 2016, Capacity Building

  10. Transparency of data on penitentiaries

    IT0032, 2016, Capacity Building

  11. Consip Tenders’ Dashboard

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  12. Transparent Milan: public registry of elected and appointed representatives

    IT0034, 2016, E-Government

  13. Starred commitment Open Administration Week

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  14. Strategy for Participation

    IT0036, 2016, Capacity Building

  15. Public Works 2.0

    IT0037, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. Starred commitment Rome cooperates

    IT0038, 2016, Capacity Building

  17. Bologna decides and transforms

    IT0039, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. Supporting and Protecting Whistleblowers

    IT0040, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  19. Follow the UBB

    IT0041, 2016, Capacity Building

  20. OpenCoesione Plus

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  21. OPENAID 2.0

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  22. Anticorruption Academy

    IT0044, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  23. Network of digital animators

    IT0045, 2016, E-Government

  24. Schoolkit: a strategy to value best practices in education

    IT0046, 2016, Capacity Building

  25. Monitor the education reform “La Buona Scuola”

    IT0047, 2016, Capacity Building

  26. Transparency Registry of the Ministry for Economic Development

    IT0048, 2016, Capacity Building

  27. Roma Capitale - Transparent Agenda

    IT0049, 2016, Capacity Building

  28. Transparent Milan: Public agenda of meetings of public decision-makers

    IT0050, 2016, E-Government

  29. Italia.it

    IT0051, 2016, Capacity Building

  30. Deployment of SPID to support innovation

    IT0052, 2016, E-Government

  31. Observatory on Digital Rights

    IT0053, 2016, Capacity Building

  32. Lecce - Start-up in the City

    IT0054, 2016, Capacity Building

  33. Promoting digital skills

    IT0055, 2016, Capacity Building

  34. Becoming Digital Citizens

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  35. Participa!

    IT0017, 2014, E-Government

  36. Equip Public Administrations (PA) for Participation

    IT0018, 2014, Capacity Building

  37. TransPArenti+1

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  38. Open Data Portal

    IT0020, 2014, E-Government

  39. Starred commitment Follow the Money (SoldiPubblici)

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  40. Digital Citizenship

    IT0022, 2014, Capacity Building

  41. Transparency Portal

    IT0001, 2012, E-Government

  42. Better regulatory framework against corruption within the public administration

    IT0002, 2012, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  43. Starred commitment Information system on the status of actions falling under the unitary regional planning

    IT0003, 2012, E-Government

  44. Cost Measurement and Reduction

    IT0004, 2012, Public Participation

  45. How to... (Initiative to Promote Transparency on Public Authority’s websites)

    IT0005, 2012, E-Government

  46. Quantitative and qualitative development of relations with citizens and PA stakeholders

    IT0006, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  47. Facilitate publication and reuse of public data

    IT0007, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

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  49. Promoting national open data standards

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  52. Public consultation on new policies and new legislations

    IT0012, 2012, Public Participation

  53. Enhancing participation and collaboration in territorial innovative actions

    IT0013, 2012, Subnational

  54. Opening up of new areas for public service development and delivery

    IT0014, 2012, Public Service Delivery

  55. ICT Infrastructure Enhancement in Public Administrations

    IT0015, 2012, E-Government

  56. Cloud computing strategic Plan, creation of PA data centres within a Public-Private Partnership

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