Study Group: Putting the Public Back in Government Session 2


Monday, April 22, 2019, 1:00pm to 2:00pm


124 Mt Auburn, Suite 100N, Room 106

Evaluating public engagement impact in policymaking: Madrid as an urban democracy lab

Join Ash Center Democracy Fellow Victoria Alsina for the second session of her spring semester 2019 study group. We will discuss the experience of CrowdLaw in Madrid and how to evaluate the impact of citizen participation on policymaking. In 2015, Mayor Manuela Carmena and her Ahora Madrid, a coalition of progressive parties and civil society, came to power and the City’s approach to citizen engagement changed dramatically putting in place a series of ambitious and disruptive participatory democracy initiatives. Marta Garnelo and Ori Pleban, both MPP 2019, will discuss three case studies that exemplify Madrid's experiments in participatory and direct democracy and present a framework for evaluating citizen participation mechanisms. Those case studies include the co-creation of the San Fermin Public Library, Participatory Budgeting Initiative, and Local Forums.

Lunch will be served. Study groups are open to students, university affiliates, and the broader community. Space is available on a first come, first served basis.

RCC logoThis group is cosponored by Real Colegio Complutense. 

About the Study Group Series
Putting the Public Back in Government is a spring semester 2019 study group hosted by Victoria Alsina, a Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. At Ash she leads research on CrowdLaw, the practice of using technology to open parliaments, governments, and public institutions to collective intelligence at each stage of the law and policymaking cycle to improve the quality, effectiveness and legitimacy of the resulting laws and policies.