The Administration of Rome had to decide how to use about 17 million euros for public works in the territory of the VIII District for projects concerning the environment, landscape and public green spaces, sustainable mobility and accessibility, urban regeneration and infrastructure, ideas or proposals for transversal projects. The innovation concerns the decision-making approach. For the first time, city users were involved in deciding how to allocate these resources.

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To allocate about 17 million euros in the best way in a district of Rome, it is important to involve those that live in this area (residents, workers, students) and are familiar with the conditions of the environment and landscape, the impacts of actions on mobility and accessibility and priorities for urban regeneration and infrastructure of public works. So, the Municipality of Rome decided not only to publish its own proposals online, but also to put in place an innovative system to involve citizens in decision-making about how to distribute the budget, through a process structured in different phases:

(i) select a focus group of 60 citizens or representatives of associations that work on the district to develop a list of proposals to be submitted on the city portal
(ii) each citizen can also write a suggestion and submit it on the portal. To be admitted to the next phase this proposal has to be voted for by at least 50 people

(iii) all proposals,  by the administration and by citizens, are published on the portal and can be voted for online
(iv) the proposals with most votes are submitted to a Commission constituted by the Urban Planning Department and the District General Department, that evaluates the proposal's feasibility.
(v) The validity of online voting is guaranteed by authentication and each user can vote for a maximum of 6 projects
(vi) Finally, taking into consideration the outcome of the Commission and the economic aspects, a group of projects are selected to be implemented.

The innovation is complex and relates to the participation process by integrating different points of view: the Rome Statute was changed to improve participation, transparency and inclusion - namely through facilitating the processes and introducing participatory budgeting; the online platform to vote is put in place; citizens know and contribute to the evolution of the decision-making process. Not only citizens, but also the administration benefit from this innovation that easily allows the sharing of ideas, the improving of citizens satisfaction and selecting the best approach to urban regeneration. This approach is scalable in that it can be applied to a wide range of projects, and it is institutionalised through clear regulations and procedures.

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