Below is a table of tools taken from a database that we’re developing in collaboration with other practitioners. It is by no means comprehensive or authoritative at this stage, but it hopefully gives a useful starting place.

Keep in mind that these are all engagement “tools”, not “solutions” — whatever some might claim. Your planning and preparation, and approach to using them, are at least as important as the tool you pick.

We’re going to be continuing to develop this database over the coming weeks and months. If you’d like to help, you can do so here.

Name

What it's used for

Synchronous / Asynchronous

Web address

Adobe Connect

  • Video-conferencing

Synchronous

https://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html

Citizen Space

  • Commenting / feedback

Asynchronous

https://www.delib.net/citizen_space

CitizenLab

  • Ideas generation

  • Video-conferencing

  • Voting / prioritisation

Either

https://www.citizenlab.co

Cmnty

  • Discussion forum

  • Ideas generation

  • Interactive Q&A

  • Voting / prioritisation

Asynchronous

https://www.cmnty.com/#how-it-works

Common Ground for Action

  • Discussion forum

Asynchronous

https://www.nifi.org/en/cga-online-forums

Concept Board 

  • Ideas generation

  • Interactive whiteboard

Synchronous

conceptboard.com

Consider.it

  • Argument visualisation

  • Commenting / feedback

  • Decision-making

Asynchronous

https://consider.it/

Consul

  • Ideas generation

Asynchronous

http://consulproject.org/en/

Crowdspot

  • Crowd-mapping

  • Ideas generation

Asynchronous

http://crowdspot.com.au 

Deliberatorium

  • Argument visualisation

  • Ideas generation

Asynchronous

http://deliberatorium.mit.edu:8000/ci/login?

Democracy OS

  • Decision-making

  • Ideas generation

  • Voting / prioritisation

Asynchronous

http://democracyos.org/

Dialogue

  • Ideas generation

  • Voting / prioritisation

Asynchronous

https://www.delib.net/dialogue

Discourse

  • Discussion forum

Either

https://www.discourse.org

Dropbox Paper

  • Co-drafting

Either

https://paper.dropbox.com/

Election Buddy

  • Voting / prioritisation

Asynchronous

https://electionbuddy.com/

Engagement HQ

  • Commenting / feedback

  • Crowd-mapping

  • Discussion forum

  • Ideas generation

  • Voting / prioritisation

Either

https://www.bangthetable.com/engagementhq-community-software

Ethelo

  • Decision-making

  • Discussion forum

  • Ideas generation

  • Voting / prioritisation

Either

https://ethelo.com/t

Etherpad

  • Co-drafting

Either

https://etherpad.org

Facebook Groups

  • Discussion forum

Either

https://facebook.com

Flarum

  • Discussion forum

Either

https://flarum.org

FixMyStreet

  • Crowd-mapping

Asynchronous

https://www.fixmystreet.com 

Google Docs

  • Co-drafting

Either

https://docs.google.com/

Google Forms

  • Voting / prioritisation

Asynchronous

https://docs.google.com/forms/

GroupMap

  • Ideas generation

  • Interactive whiteboard

Synchronous

https://www.groupmap.com

Ideaflip

  • Ideas generation

  • Interactive whiteboard

Synchronous

https://ideaflip.com

Ideascale

  • Ideas generation

  • Voting / prioritisation

Asynchronous

https://ideascale.com

iObeya

  • Ideas generation

  • Interactive whiteboard

Synchronous

https://www.iobeya.com/en

Jamboard

  • Ideas generation

  • Interactive whiteboard

Synchronous

https://jamboard.google.com

Joe Docs

  • Co-drafting

  • Knowledgebase

Either

https://joedocs.com  

Jitsi

  • Video-conferencing

Synchronous

https://jitsi.org

Konveio

  • Commenting / feedback

Asynchronous

https://konve.io

LifeSize

  • Video-conferencing

Synchronous

lifesize.com

Loomio

  • Decision-making

  • Discussion forum

  • Voting / prioritisation

Asynchronous

https://loomio.org

Mentimeter

  • Interactive Q&A

  • Voting / prioritisation

Synchronous

https://www.mentimeter.com

Miro

  • Ideas generation

  • Interactive whiteboard

Synchronous

https://miro.com

Nextdoor

  • Discussion forum

Either

https://nextdoor.co.uk

Notion

  • Knowledgebase

Asynchronous

https://www.notion.so/

PlaceSpeak

  • Crowd-mapping

  • Ideas generation

Asynchronous

https://www.placespeak.com/ 

Pol.is

  • Argument visualisation

  • Ideas generation

  • Voting / prioritisation

Asynchronous

https://pol.is

Poll Everywhere

  • Voting / prioritisation

Synchronous

https://www.polleverywhere.com

Quip

  • Co-drafting

Either

https://quip.com

Reddit

  • Discussion forum

Either

https://www.reddit.com

Slack

  • Discussion forum

Either

https://slack.com/

Slido

  • Interactive Q&A

  • Voting / prioritisation

Synchronous

https://www.sli.do

Social Pinpoint

  • Crowd-mapping

  • Discussion forum

  • Ideas generation

Asynchronous

https://www.socialpinpoint.com 

Stack Overview

  • Discussion forum

  • Knowledgebase

Asynchronous

https://stackoverflow.com

Stormz

  • Ideas generation

  • Voting / prioritisation

Asynchronous

https://stormz.me/en

Survey Monkey

  • Voting / prioritisation

Asynchronous

https://www.surveymonkey.com/

Teams

  • Video-conferencing

Synchronous

https://products.office.com/en-US/microsoft-teams/group-chat-software

The Hive

  • Crowd-mapping

  • Discussion forum

  • Ideas generation

Asynchronous

https://harvestdp.com

ThinkTank

  • Ideas generation

  • Voting / prioritisation

Either

https://www.groupsystems.com/thinktank-consensus-automation

Typeform

  • Voting / prioritisation

Asynchronous

https://www.typeform.com/

Ushahidi

  • Crowd-mapping

Asynchronous

https://www.ushahidi.com 

Voicevoice

  • Video-conferencing

  • Voting / prioritisation

Synchronous

https://voicevoice.com

Whereby

  • Video-conferencing

Synchronous

https://whereby.com

Wisembly

  • Ideas generation

  • Interactive Q&A

  • Voting / prioritisation

Synchronous

https://wisembly.com/en/

Your Priorities

  • Ideas generation

  • Voting / prioritisation

Asynchronous

https://www.yrpri.org

Zilino

  • Discussion forum

Either

http://beta.zilino.com

Zoom

  • Video-conferencing

Synchronous

https://zoom.us