Stay tuned for the final project report, which should become available sometime later this month (fingers crossed).


The ParticipateDB 2018 Digital Engagement Census has been live for little over a week. Thanks to everyone who has already completed the online survey and helped spread the word.

Not quite knowing what to expect going in this project, it’s been fun to watch the first few dozen responses come in. A few highlights below.

We have identified at least three tools that had not previously been listed on ParticipateDB (they will be added sometime over the coming 2-3 weeks):

  • CollabMap (by Arup): a tool to collect map-based feedback
  • SmartForms (by Seamless): a tool that can be used to run online surveys
  • Telegram: a messaging service that can be used for hosting group meetings

We’ve also collected a few interesting new project examples, including from some of the more well-established tools in the market:

  • CiviComment
  • Discuto
  • EngagementHQ
  • PlaceSpeak
  • Social Pinpoint

So far, the respondents have self-identified their role as follows (multiple answers allowed, percentages may add up to more than 100%):

  • Project staff (53.8%)
  • Technology vendor (42.3%)
  • Observer (5.8%)
  • Participant (9.6%)
  • Other (11.4%)

Responses are still coming in, so we’ve decided to extend the survey by one week. The new closing date is Monday, February 26 at midnight Pacific Time!

In case you haven’t done so already, please take a few minutes to complete the survey and encourage your colleagues to do the same. Thank you!


Welcome to the ParticipateDB 2018 Digital Engagement Census!

February 9, 2018

Update 02/20: The survey has been extended through Monday, February 26! Today, after extensive prep work since we first floated the idea back in 2016, we are excited to launch the ParticipateDB 2018 Digital Engagement Census, a global practitioner survey aimed at improving our understanding of how technology is shaping community engagement today. Over the […]

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Update on Upcoming Data Collection Project

February 5, 2018

Remember back in late 2016 when we boldly, ahem, hinted at a little “upcoming data collection project” we were working on? Well, it’s finally happening! Obviously, it’s been taking us much longer than expected to get all our ducks in a row, so some explanation is in order. ParticipateDB was initially launched in 2009 and has been maintained, […]

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ParticipateDB Is Now a Center for Applied Community Engagement (CACE) Project

July 6, 2017

As of July 1, 2017, ownership of ParticipateDB has been transferred from Intellitics, Inc. to the newly-created Center for Applied Community Engagement, LLC. Read the post on the Intellitics blog for more details: Announcing the Center for Applied Community Engagement (CACE) In terms of day-to-day operations, nothing will change in the short term. ParticipateDB remains open […]

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Upcoming Data Collection Project

September 15, 2016

It’s International Day of Democracy today (and also ParticipateDB’s seventh birthday), and we wanted to give everyone a quick heads-up about a very exciting project we have in the works for later this fall. In an effort to further broaden and deepen our coverage of the digital engagement field, we are organizing a survey of sorts that will invite community […]

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ParticipateDB Turns 7: Come Celebrate 09/15 in San José, CA!

August 23, 2016

September 15 is International Day of Democracy. It’s also the day ParticipateDB was launched back in 2009. To celebrate, we’ll be meeting up in San José, CA next month: International Day of Democracy 2016 Wednesday, September 15, 2016 6 to 9pm Ludwig’s German Table 261 North 2nd Street San José, CA 95112 RSVP via Eventbrite […]

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The Blog is Back!

August 14, 2016

Ok, so we had a minor mishap earlier this year when we lost our blog database and discovered that our most recent backup wasn’t so recent after all. As is sometimes the case with side projects, fixing it took a little longer. As of earlier today, the ParticipateDB blog is back for good. We got some […]

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May 14 Virtual Brown Bag Webinar with IAP2 NorCal

May 12, 2015

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New Entries in April

May 4, 2015

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