Sandbox Environment

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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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SmartParticipation Manual -- detailed guidance on how to add content and functionality to your version of the platform

Rulemaking 2.0: Understanding and Getting Better Public Participation -- a guide for agency managers about the process of improving the scope and quality of public commenting, from the goals and methods of outreach through the challenges of using the output of participation by inexperienced commenters. Published by the IBM Center for the Business of Government, the guide is based on actual experience of CeRI, the cross-disciplinary Cornell University research group who developed the SmartParticipation platform and methods in the course of multiple live public commenting processes of federal agencies.

A list of academic publications about CeRI's experience can be found on CeRI's Publications and Working Papers page.


2|Help from real people - 0

Members of the CeRI team are available for consulting and training.


3|Getting the Code - 0

The SmartParticipation Code is open source and can be obtained through GitHub and via the Drupal Repository. Get it at


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