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Digital platforms hold the key to collaborative policymaking

CORDIS interview Lise H. Rykkja about the TROPICO-project

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The Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS) is the European Commission's primary source of results from the projects funded by the EU's framework programmes for research and innovation (FP1 to Horizon 2020).

They have recently made an article about the TROPICO project that is coordinated by the department and lead by Lise H. Rykkja. With the project due to end in 2021, this work has led Rykkja and her colleagues to some preliminary conclusions. For example, while digital platforms clearly benefit from institutional and financial support, adequate public sector funding remains a barrier. Administrations also need to clearly explain the purpose of any platform to citizens.

“Collaboration with citizens does not always lead to better participation or more involvement,” adds Rykkja. “Many e-participation platforms lack systems for providing systematic feedback to users, which means that citizens often do not know how their input is being dealt with. There should be incentives for ensuring that citizen feedback resonates within governments.”

Read full article HERE.