The examples of Digital Democracy Social Innovations may take the form of joint projects which involve CSOs or other non-governmental groups and representatives of governments, as well as developing services and tools independently from public institutions. The latter are very important as they often fill the niche left by non-responsive governments bringing citizens alternative ways to control public institution and participate in public life.
Unfortunately, they are heavily dependent on external funds and enthusiasm of their creators. Lack of direct government engagement is disappointing for many citizens and these initiatives very often are losing popularity.
From the experiences, we see that the most successful initiatives are those performed in collaboration with governments as well as with other civic tech groups. And there are many examples of models of such collaboration. Not only we mapped them and described some of them in the form of case studies, but we were also able to discuss them in details with different stakeholders including governments representatives and the Code for All Network activists during Heroes of Tech Conference in Bucharest in October 2018. We also have experiences on models of collaboration between different CSOs’ coming from our activity in TransparenCEE and Code for All Networks.
In this thematic guide, we concentrate on presenting effective examples of collaboration showing advantages and disadvantages of their models. We focus on the following areas:
- How it is funded?
- Who initiated collaboration?
- What is a model of collaboration?
- What are the lessons learnt and what are the biggest challenges?
- What should be done to improve similar innovations?