Partecipando set out to exchange experience and
disseminate good practice around the issue of local citizen
participation. The large number of partners was both
an advantage in the sense that there were lots of good
experiences to share. However so many partners can also
be problematic when seeking consensus as Rome realised
when producing the final results.
The network proposed a phased approach to working which
1. The first phase of local enquiries using local expertise was
carried out in 9 partner cities. These surveys were intended
to help to gain a better understanding of the experiences by
a thorough analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the
2. The second phase aimed at defining the best practices
of citizen participation through 12 working seminars.
3. The third phase was to organise this wealth of knowledge
into the major productions the European Handbook and
the Participation Charter.
The partners identified 5 major areas of participation upon
which the analysis was structured:
1. Participation, why and for whom?
2. Communication and training of players and actors
3. Methods and Tools for Citizen Participation
4. Participation aspects in each stage of project development
5. How to assess the results and impact of participation
The final conference took place in Rome in April 2006 where
the main conclusions of the network were presented.
Please refer to the 'Description' field, which also includes the achievements of this project.