Thinking about your feedback loop; what information are you trying to get from whom, to whom, and to bring about what change?
Citizens should play with the budget of the city in order to
- get a feeling for amounts and topics of budgeting
- submit their ideas
Cities should be able to
- use the gamification approach in events or campaigns
- learn from the submitted budgets
- interact with people by commenting/rating the submitted budget proposals
Could you briefly describe the way you collect the feedback?
Citizens (or NGOs, companies...) can create their own version of a city's budget. When they are finished with a variant, they can restart or "log in" their "own budget" variant. Logged in variants can be shown to others, e. g. by distributing them in social media.
Logged in budgets can be seen/evaluated by the financial experts of the city administration. The city can use this e. g. in special events/campaings or give feedback permanentely. City experts learn, how citizen's see the budget and would change importance/wheighting of certain budget topics/assets.
Citizen's get feedback from the experts on their suggestions or can be awarded prizes.
If other, please specify
Everybody can do their version of the budget.
Give two concrete examples of how feedback loops have brought a program or policy more in line with citizens’ desires.
It's just an idea yet, but as participartory budgeting is a "non-topic" in Austria (due to lack of political will) the gamification approach uses in events or campaigns can become an alternative method.
If there was one thing you could change to increase the impact of your feedback loop, what would it be?
Involve cities/municipalities in special campaings using the gamification approach.
Therefore the feature will probably not be available for every municipality by default, but they have to actively want and do this in order to ensure that they will give feedback.
What is the one thing you would most like to see changed to improve the competition process?
What are you doing to make sure that feedback providers know that they are empowered by the information they can give and that they know exactly what the information they are providing?
Municipalities will actively have to opt-in for the gamification process, ensuring that they will provide feedback on the recieved budgets from the citizens.