OECD published Guidelines for Citizen Participation Processes

In September 2022, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a handbook focused on Citizen Participation Processes. The publication, titled “Guidelines for Citizen Participation Processes” describes ten steps for designing, planning, implementing and evaluating a citizen participation process, and discusses eight different methods for involving citizens: information and data, open meetings, public consultations, open innovation, citizen science, civic monitoring, participatory budgeting and representative deliberative processes. The guidelines are illustrated with examples as well as practical guidance built on evidence gathered by the OECD. Last but not least, the publication includes nine guiding principles, presented to help ensure the quality of these processes. 

The OECD Guidelines for Citizen Participation Processes are intended for any public official or public institution interested in carrying out a citizen participation process. The publication is part of OECD Public Governance Reviews series  that include international studies and country-specific reviews of government efforts to make the public sector more efficient, effective, innovative and responsive to citizens’ needs and expectations. Publications in this series look at topics such as open government, preventing corruption and promoting integrity in the public service, risk management, illicit trade, audit institutions, and civil service reform. Country-specific reviews assess a public administration’s ability to achieve government objectives and preparedness to address current and future challenges. In analysing how a country’s public administration works, reviews focus on cross-departmental co-operation, the relationships between levels of government and with citizens and businesses, innovation and quality of public services, and the impact of information technology on the work of government and its interaction with businesses and citizens.

Enhancing citizen participation is a crucial element of fostering institutional engagement and change to develop innovative and sustainable services and programs to impact Innovation and Entrepreneurship areas.
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