Tracing the Impact of Proposals from Participatory Processes: Methodological Challenges and Substantive Lessons

Abstract

Our understanding of participatory processes is increasing rapidly. However, one area that has received sparse attention is the impact of the proposals from participatory processes on the policy and practice of public administrations. Which proposals are converted into actual policy and practice; which are modified or simply ignored? The field lacks a systematic understanding of the fate of proposals. This paper reflects on the methodological strategy adopted by the Cherry-picking project to analyze the fate of proposals from participatory processes in Spanish municipalities. The innovative project studied the impact of 611 proposals from 39 participatory processes across 25 municipalities. The paper not only describes and discusses the methodological challenges faced by the project, but also presents preliminary findings and a review of the substantive lessons learned through the design and fieldwork process.

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Spain, methodology, impact, participatory democracy, proposals

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Font J. & Pasadas del Amo S. & Smith G., (2016) “Tracing the Impact of Proposals from Participatory Processes: Methodological Challenges and Substantive Lessons”, Journal of Public Deliberation 12(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.16997/jdd.243

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Joan Font (Instituto de Estudios Sociales Avanzados (IESA-CSIC))
Sara Pasadas del Amo (Instituto de Estudios Sociales Avanzados (IESA-CSIC))

Graham Smith (University of Westminster)

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