ParticipateDB is a collaborative catalogue for tools for participation (often referred to as tools for web-based engagement, online participation, e-participation, e-consultation, online dialogue, online deliberation etc.). It is the world’s most comprehensive directory of its kind.

The site aims to build a complete list of online tools for public participation and related forms of citizen engagement – large and small, commercial and open source, mature and experimental – and show how these tools are being applied in practice.

As of July 2017, ParticipateDB is in public beta. Anyone may register and add or edit content. The site’s content is licensed under Creative Commons (BY‑NC‑SA 3.0) for easy reuse and sharing.

ParticipateDB was first launched by Intellitics, Inc., a digital engagement firm based in San José, CA (USA). Intellitics helps its clients in the public, private and non-profit sector drive participatory governance and community engagement through the effective use of information and communications technologies.

As of July 1, 2017, ownership of the project has been transferred to the Center for Applied Community Engagement, LLC, a newly-formed social enterprise whose mission is to support and connect the growing professional field of community engagement and public participation practitioners from around the globe.

For a continuously updated list of commonly asked questions (and a few answers), please check our FAQs.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Thanks!

You can follow @ParticipateDB on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook or join our group on GovLoop.

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