Published on June 13, 2014
Tools for civic activism
Involve has been commissioned by the Building Change Trust to collect examples of tools and methods that can be used by civil society organisations to enable and support civic activism (i.e. involving citizens in decision making processes).
The tools or methods will be usable by civil society organisation working at a local level (e.g. in rural, suburban or urban communities) and will support six categories of activities (derived from Civicus’s Participatory Governance categories):
- Public budgets – Enabling / supporting citizens to understand and influence decisions about the allocation of public resources, monitor public spending and hold government actors accountable for their management of public financial resources.
- Public debate – Enabling / supporting citizens to be aware of their civic rights and responsibilities, collectively deliberate on priority issues and/or express their opinions and concerns.
- Public information – Enabling / supporting citizens to have access to relevant information about government policies, decisions and actions.
- Public oversight – Enabling / supporting citizens to scrutinise the conduct of politicians and public officials, identify corruption, oversee public action, seek redress for injustices or misdeeds, ensure that elections are free and fair and hold politicians accountable for their electoral promises.
- Public policy – Enabling / supporting citizens to engage constructively with policy makers on public policy issues.
- Public services – Enabling / supporting citizens to monitor and evaluate the accessibility, quality and efficiency of public services.
We are undertaking our search for tools and methods through a combination of desk based research and the crowdsourcing of ideas. If you know of any interesting tools or methods, please tell us about them:
All of the tools and methods we collect will be published with the intention that they are shared, used and reused to inform and inspire civil society around the world. A selection of the tools and methods will be used by the Building Change Trust and Involve in our work to support civic activism and engagement in Northern Ireland, Britain and beyond.