Digital tools are increasingly used by urban decision-makers and citizens to engage with each other. This user-centred enquiry will look at the evidence, desirability, feasibility and viability for digital democratic innovations which support women’s engagement in policy initiation and design across Greater Manchester.

Evidence: 
How have women been involved in and impacted by digital democratic innovation?

Desirability: 
What do women in Greater Manchester need and want in order to meaningfully participate in digital democracy?

Feasibility:
What forms
of digital democratic innovation are possible in GM?

Viability:
How
can digital democratic innovation be realised in GM?

Process

In our exploration of these questions, GM Decides will draw lessons from an international advisory board, work with a partnership group to ground these lessons in a city-regional context and conduct a series of public input sessions to harvest knowledge, seed ideas and nurture a network of people interested in digital democratic innovation.

The delivery partners for this project are Katie Finney of Amity and Alice Toomer-McAlpine with At The Moment Productions.

To find out more about this project, email our ARC members Katie and Alice

News, events and blog

To exemplify co-productive design principles means challenging the idea of an ‘end-user’ who receives a final report. It means rethinking what impact looks like and how it can be achieved. Our commitment is to engage decision-makers in a collaborative learning journey through informal spaces for exchange and international networking.  Trans-local learning is an important element in opening up spaces for learning and dissemination often reserved for academics to urban decision-makers.  Trans-localism is more than just cities learning from each other across national boundaries. It points to the need for meaningful interactions between networked individuals and groups of similarly thinking people beyond the local. What is at stake is a sense of belonging through shared perspectives and concerns that transcend local boundaries. 

In this third blog for our Trans-local Learning mini-series, Action Research Collective member Alice Toomer McAlpine reflects on her experience at the International Observatory on Participatory Democracy in Barcelona in November 2018.

Quotation from the Fawcett Society: women must be partners when policy is designed
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 09:30 to 11:30

GM Decides' Partnership Group meets to plan for an upcoming design sprint.

Quotation from the Fawcett Society: women must be partners when policy is designed

After months of preparation (including a field trip to Barcelona to meet some of those behind the city’s democratic portal), the GM Decides project kicked off last month with the first meeting of its Partnership Group. The Group was formed and brought together by ARC leads Alice Toomer-McAlpine and Katie Finney. The first session introduced the overarching aim, drew on examples from existing work on digital democratic innovation, and identified how the project should proceed. What follows is extracted from a video shared with participants.

Realising Just Cities conference logo, superimposed on an image of Cape Town, South Africa

The Realising Just Cities programme is supporting peer learning visits to Cape Town and Barcelona for public sector strategists and community practitioners from Greater Manchester, to expand their knowledge of co-productive practices and participatory democracy in other urban settings. 

Mistra Urban Futures in Cape Town and IOPD in Barcelona

Academic and practitioner researchers are travelling to Cape Town and Barcelona in November to share collective insights from the Jam and Justice project, as part of a delegation from the Realising Just Cities programme. They will be joined by strategy and policy leads from Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), who seek to learn more about co-production for urban governance and participatory decision-making.