Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
This idea aims to make good governance data accessible to a wider public. For example, a citizen can stand in front of the city hall building and, through a QR code, instantly download a snapshot of that institution's information, from public debt levels to economic indicators, its position on our Municipal Transparency Index or a collection of news stories regarding issues of corruption or bad governance. Users can also add to the information, by posting a complaint or raising an issue about that institution which, after verification, can be added to its ID. By spreading this information through public spaces and mobile tools, citizens are allowed to easily get access to useful information, raise issues and advocate for change.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
The intended impact is to decentralize information and make it accessible to citizens. By doing this, he hope to give citizens a clearer understanding of the workings of institutions and provide them with a tool to identify problem areas and be more conscious and demanding citizens.
We hope to develop a pilot project in Portugal's capital, Lisbon, with the aim of covering, within the first year, 15 institutions based in Lisbon (from private banks to local government offices and national administration institutions, including the main ministries). We aim to reach a total of 5000 downloads of the app within the first 12 months of roll-out and organize at least two public outreach and training sessions with potential users of the platform. The overall goal is to disseminate access to public-interest information and create a new, simple platform for citizen participation in public life.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Aside from being a fun way to access information and interact with institutions, this project has the potential to become a channel for consistent citizenship involvement in the public debate. After the pilot project in Lisbon, the goal is to spread it to the main cities in Portugal, by using the same platform, thus ensuring scalability with low added costs. For us, it's about breaking down barriers on access to information and bringing public debate to the streets, with actionable information. The experience also aims to bring about a stronger culture of openness in public institutions.