A tool for the public to audit government actionA digital tool has been developed for city residents to keep abreast of the progress of the Municipal Action Plan (PAM) and the District Action Plans (PAD). This innovative initiative is another step towards transparency and accountability.
The app allows users to quantitatively follow up and find out to what extent the 4,000 specific projects in these plans, entailing over 1,400 actions, have been executed. At the same time, collectives, entities and individuals who helped put the documents together during the participatory process can see the progress of their proposals and corresponding action.
The exercise responds to the municipal government’s will to foster transparency and enable citizens to be able to audit municipal action. Although similar initiatives exist in other cities, none of them are as comprehensive as the one being rolled out by Barcelona City Council.
The tool is available via the Decidim Barcelona platform, the digital environment for managing all participatory processes promoted by the City Council. The platform was launched in 2016 and started out by collecting public proposals to define the PAM and the PADs for this term of office.
Democracy and technology
The PAM and the ten PADs were designed in 2016, putting citizen participation and new technologies at the forefront in a hybrid format between face-to-face and digital participation. The goal was to guarantee transparency and accountability.
Over a period of two months, 39,049 city residents put forward proposals for action by the municipal government, 24,028 of them doing so via the Decidim Barcelona digital platform. A total of 10,860 proposals were made, 1,300 of them originating from within the City Council itself, while 9,560 were the result of citizen participation. Over 70% of the proposals were taken on and the document materialised as 1,400 specific actions.
As of January 2018, the follow-up tool showed that 65.5% of the PAM had been executed, while district programmes reflected a 69.16% completion rate on average, as follows: Ciutat Vella, 76.2%; L’Eixample, 72%; Sants-Montjuïc, 64.6%; Les Corts, 77.5%; Sarrià – Sant Gervasi, 66.1%; Gràcia, 64.4%; Horta-Guinardó, 67.5%; Nou Barris, 64.7%; Sant Andreu, 66.7%, and Sant Martí, 71.9%.
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