Civil society

How can civil society involve people in decision-making?

Civic Activism Toolkit
Building Change Trust

The Civic Activism Toolkit is an online directory of 29 innovative tools and approaches for civic activism from around the world.

The toolkit was developed by Involve for the Building Change Trust and is intended for use by civil society in Northern Ireland and beyond.

Civic Activism is:“…the social norms, organisations, and practices which facilitate greater citizen involvement in public policies and decisions. These include access to civic associations, participation in the media, and the means to participate in civic activities such as nonviolent demonstration or petition. Civic activism is essential in ensuring that public institutions function in an accountable and transparent manner, with participation and representation for all.”

Name Public Budgets  Public Debate  Public Information  Public Oversight  Public Policy  Public Services  Online  Offline  
21st Century Town Meetings X    XX
Alternative Budget InitiativesX  X   X
Argument Mapping X X  X 
Citizen Juries    X XX
Citizen Report Cards     XXX
Citizen Reporting  X   X 
Citizen Science  X X XX
Citizens Assemblies X    XX
Community Led ProcurementX    X X
Community Visioning    XX X
Consensus Conference X  X  X
Crowd Wise X    XX
Crowdmapping Platforms   XX X 
Deliberative Mapping X  X XX
Deliberative Polling X    XX
Digital Fact Checking Platforms  X   X 
Forum Theatre X     X
Mystery Shopping     X X
Online Consensus Decision making X    X 
Participatory BudgetingX      X
Participatory Card Games X     X
Planning Cells    X  X
PopUp Democracy X     X
Public Conversations Project Dialogue X  X  X
Public Forums X     X
Scenario Workshops    X  X
Social AuditsX    X X
Study Groups X     X
Wikis for Lawmaking    X X