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Equip Public Administrations (PA) for Participation (IT0018)



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

Action Plan Cycle: 2014

Status: Inactive


Lead Institution: DPA

Support Institution(s): AgID

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, Open Regulations, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Italy End-of-Term Report 2014-2016, Italy IRM Progress Report 2014-2015

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i



Organize the management of the participation processes (inform, consult, involve, collaborate), taking into account already existing experiences, establish guidelines shared with civil society and identify a centre of expertise at the Prime Minister’s Office. Develop skills and culture both for Public Administration1 (PA) and citizens in order to manage and participate in the processes of participation, including through the use of open data. Ensure external monitoring on participation.

IRM Midterm Status Summary

Commitment 2. Equipe the PA for participation

Commitment Text:

Organize the management of the participation processes (inform, consult, involve, collaborate), taking into account already existing experiences, establish guidelines shared with civil society and identify a centre of expertise at the Prime Minister’s Office. Develop skills and culture both for Public Administration[Note 4:  The original text in the Action Plan only states “PA”. The words “Public Administration” have been added for clarity.] (PA) and citizens in order to manage and participate in the processes of participation, including through the use of open data. Ensure external monitoring on participation.

Specific objectives:

-Define a policy document/guidelines for the participation processes of the PA to be tested by applying an iterative model and also through the analysis of the previous experiences of participation, so as to achieve a consolidated version of the document as a basis for a next update which restarts the cycle;

-implement a monitoring process with members outside the Administration to follow the participation processes since the definition of the guidelines;

-set up a central coordination, which spans over all the administrations and acts both as a network of exchange and sharing and also as a center of expertise for the dissemination and implementation of best practices on participation.

Responsible institution: DPA

Supporting institution(s): AgID

Start date:  January 2015                                                     End date:  June 2016

Commitment Aim:

While the first commitment aimed at the digital tools necessary to improve participation, this second commitment aimed at innovating the methodological approaches, policies and guidelines in order to set up effective mechanisms for consultations and participation. More specifically, the commitment set out to:

- Define a policy and guidelines for the participation initiative promoted by the PA;

- Implement monitoring mechanisms involving members of the public and stakeholders;

- Set up a coordination unit and center of expertise for best practices dissemination.


Mid-term: Not started

According to the IRM researcher and official government sources, the implementation of the commitment did not start during the first cycle of implementation. The IRM researchers found no evidence of any implementation of this commitment. As stated in the 2014-2015 mid-term IRM report, this commitment falls within the wider scope of the public administration reform being carried out by the DPA.

End of term: Not started

As stated in the IRM progress report, the implementation of this commitment has been undermined by the need to carry out a larger set of public administration reforms. As legislative reforms are pending, the IRM researchers did not find further evidence of progress from interviews or the desk research conducted. This end was also corroborated in the government’s end of term self-assessment report.

Did it open government?

Civic Participation: Did not change

This commitment intended to procure effective participation through effective and user-friendly digital tools but also innovative methodological approaches, policies and guidelines that define the rules of engagement and the possible concrete outcomes. However, the government did not move forward in developing that type of methodologies and guidelines, nor the coordination unit.

The IRM researcher believes that if implemented, it could have a positive effect on participation as it allows for a more accountable and participatory policymaking process. In the long term, this commitment would allow civil society organizations to monitor and report on this process and share information to the wider public.

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.


  1. Open Data

    IT0057, 2019, Access to Information

  2. Transparency

    IT0058, 2019, Access to Information

  3. Register of Beneficial Owners

    IT0059, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  4. Support to Participation

    IT0060, 2019, Capacity Building

  5. Regulation of Stakeholders

    IT0061, 2019, E-Government

  6. Culture of Open Government

    IT0062, 2019, E-Government

  7. Corruption Prevention

    IT0063, 2019, Access to Information

  8. Simplification, Performance, and Equal Opportunities

    IT0064, 2019, E-Government

  9. Digital Services

    IT0065, 2019, Capacity Building

  10. Digital Citizenship and Skills

    IT0066, 2019, Capacity Building

  11. Shared National Agenda for the Enhancement of Public Data

    IT0023, 2016, Access to Information

  12. Opening Data on Mobility Through Opentrasporti

    IT0024, 2016, Access to Information

  13. Starred commitment Istat Linked Open Data

    IT0025, 2016, Access to Information

  14. Access and Reuse of Data from the Education System

    IT0026, 2016, Access to Information

  15. OpenCUP Portal – National Registry of Public Investment Projects

    IT0027, 2016, Access to Information

  16. Firenze Open Data

    IT0028, 2016, Access to Information

  17. FOIA: Implementation and Monitoring

    IT0029, 2016, Access to Information

  18. (More) Transparent Administration

    IT0030, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Social Networks for Transparency in PA

    IT0031, 2016, Capacity Building

  20. Transparency of Data on Penitentiaries

    IT0032, 2016, Capacity Building

  21. Consip Tenders’ Dashboard

    IT0033, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  22. Transparent Milan: Public Registry of Elected and Appointed Representatives

    IT0034, 2016, E-Government

  23. Starred commitment Open Administration Week

    IT0035, 2016, Public Participation

  24. Strategy for Participation

    IT0036, 2016, Capacity Building

  25. Public Works 2.0

    IT0037, 2016, Capacity Building

  26. Starred commitment Rome Cooperates

    IT0038, 2016, Access to Information

  27. Bologna Decides and Transforms

    IT0039, 2016, Capacity Building

  28. Supporting and Protecting Whistleblowers

    IT0040, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  29. Follow the UBB

    IT0041, 2016, Access to Information

  30. Opencoesione Plus

    IT0042, 2016, Access to Information

  31. OPENAID 2.0

    IT0043, 2016, Access to Information

  32. Anticorruption Academy

    IT0044, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  33. Network of Digital Animators

    IT0045, 2016, E-Government

  34. Schoolkit: a Strategy to Value Best Practices in Education

    IT0046, 2016, Capacity Building

  35. Monitor the Education Reform “La Buona Scuola”

    IT0047, 2016, Capacity Building

  36. Transparency Registry of the Ministry for Economic Development

    IT0048, 2016, Capacity Building

  37. Roma Capitale - Transparent Agenda

    IT0049, 2016, Capacity Building

  38. Transparent Milan: Public Agenda of Meetings of Public Decision-Makers

    IT0050, 2016, E-Government

  39. Italia.It

    IT0051, 2016, Capacity Building

  40. Starred commitment Deployment of SPID to Support Innovation

    IT0052, 2016, E-Government

  41. Observatory on Digital Rights

    IT0053, 2016, Capacity Building

  42. Lecce - Start-Up in the City

    IT0054, 2016, Capacity Building

  43. Promoting Digital Skills

    IT0055, 2016, Capacity Building

  44. Becoming Digital Citizens

    IT0056, 2016, Capacity Building

  45. Open public procurement data

    IT0067, 2016, Access to Information

  46. Transparent regulations

    IT0068, 2016, E-Government

  47. Digitalize administrative processes

    IT0069, 2016, Access to Information

  48. Environmental evaluations portal

    IT0070, 2016, E-Government

  49. Digital system for waste managment data

    IT0071, 2016, E-Government

  50. Guidelines for Senate consultations

    IT0072, 2016, Open Regulations

  51. Participa!

    IT0017, 2014, E-Government

  52. Equip Public Administrations (PA) for Participation

    IT0018, 2014, Capacity Building

  53. TransPArenti+1

    IT0019, 2014, Access to Information

  54. Open Data Portal

    IT0020, 2014, Access to Information

  55. Starred commitment Follow the Money (Soldipubblici)

    IT0021, 2014, Access to Information

  56. Digital Citizenship

    IT0022, 2014, Capacity Building

  57. Transparency Portal

    IT0001, 2012, E-Government

  58. Better Regulatory Framework Against Corruption Within the Public Administration

    IT0002, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  59. Starred commitment Information System on the Status of Actions Falling Under the Unitary Regional Planning

    IT0003, 2012, E-Government

  60. Cost Measurement and Reduction

    IT0004, 2012, Public Participation

  61. How To... (Initiative to Promote Transparency on Public Authority’S Websites)

    IT0005, 2012, E-Government

  62. Quantitative and Qualitative Development of Relations with Citizens and PA Stakeholders

    IT0006, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  63. Facilitate Publication and Reuse of Public Data

    IT0007, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  64. Enhancing the National Open Data Portal (Www.Dati.Gov.It)

    IT0008, 2012, Access to Information

  65. Promoting National Open Data Standards

    IT0009, 2012, Access to Information

  66. National Open Data Contest

    IT0010, 2012, Access to Information

  67. Preparation of the National Plan for Smart Communities

    IT0011, 2012, Subnational

  68. Public Consultation on New Policies and New Legislations

    IT0012, 2012, Public Participation

  69. Enhancing Participation and Collaboration in Territorial Innovative Actions

    IT0013, 2012, Subnational

  70. Opening up of New Areas for Public Service Development and Delivery

    IT0014, 2012,

  71. ICT Infrastructure Enhancement in Public Administrations

    IT0015, 2012, E-Government

  72. Cloud Computing Strategic Plan, Creation of PA Data Centres Within a Public-Private Partnership

    IT0016, 2012, E-Government

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