Sandbox Environment
  1. Teaching participation literacy

    Using the Learn panels to teach participation literacy People often need help to get past "voting and venting" behaviors. Learning better participation skills can start here. Read More
  2. Using Learn to motivate

    Using the Learn panels to motivate engagement Informed and thoughtful participation is hard work. Why should people bother? Read More
  3. Using Learn to inform

    Using the Learn panels to inform Effective public comment requires knowing about the issues, the process, and the context. Knowledge-building can start here. Read More
  4. Improving Participation

    Improving participation with the Learn panels Effective participation is informed participation. The Learn panels let you offer useful information about the process and the issues, in an eye-catching format. Read More
Improving participation with the Learn panels Effective participation is informed participation. The Learn panels let you offer useful information about the process and the issues, in an eye-catching format. Read More
Using the Learn panels to inform Effective public comment requires knowing about the issues, the process, and the context. Knowledge-building can start here. Read More
Using the Learn panels to motivate engagement Informed and thoughtful participation is hard work. Why should people bother? Read More
Using the Learn panels to teach participation literacy People often need help to get past "voting and venting" behaviors. Learning better participation skills can start here. Read More

Open Proposals

Title of Your Proposal/Discussion 4

Welcome to the SmartParticipation sandbox. Here you can learn more about the structure and functionalities of the platform, get some advice from the designers (CeRI), and actually practice setting up a discussion yourself. To see the administrative interface and practice set-ups, log in with these credentials: Username admin Password admin. (Credentials for moderator and commenter roles are also available.) Documentation on how to use the platform can be found in the SmartParticipation Manual.

Use this Summary space to give site visitors a concise, plain-language summary of what's going on and why they should participate. Remember that many visitors who arrive at the Home page will need some orientation into the purpose of the discussion and the process of which it's a part. You can use the "Learn" sliders at the top of this page to provide more details. Insert an an eye-catching graphic that can be easily associated with the topic of the discussion, then use that same graphic in Facebook and other social media to spread the word about the discussion and invite participation.

The SmartParticipation platform is designed to allow more than one phase of public commenting (for example, on important questions pre-drafting, and then on the resulting draft). You'll probably want to change the summary text as you move through different phases. For updates during a phase, use the Announcement function.

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Title of Your Proposal/Discussion

The version of the Tips used in this Sandbox comes from a discussion whose participants were strongly opinionated but also, on the whole, fairly adept in participation skills. Another version, aimed at participants with more variable skills, led off with "Make your comments as effective as possible." The tips were:

     Draw on your own knowledge and experience.

     Recognize that most issues have at least two sides.

     Be respectful to people with different views.

     Foc [...]