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Work Packages /_ICT Tools

The work package objective was to develop and provide a methodology to further analyse the application of ICT tools (Information & Communication Technology) and to assess their real impact on the improvement of public participation.

A review of existing literature on the use of ICT tools in past and current RBMP projects at different scales (local, regional, national levels) included:

  • the development of a protocol for assessing the impact of ICT tools on PP;

  • an analysis of communication patterns to exchange information / knowledge between experts who design ICT tools and people who need relevant information for their part of decision making process.

Interviews of key actors were conducted in some representative cases. The purpose was to analyse the way they integrate ICT tools in the process, their roles and their impacts on public participation. The roles could include raising collective water awareness, improved diagnosis, synthesise information from databases, building or assessing scenarios, follow-up and evaluation. The impacts on PP could include sharing information, building common knowledge, supporting a general discussion or negotiation, advising for co-designing or co-decision making processes).

Eventually, the results were integrated in a protocol for assessing place and role of ITC tools applicable in the case studies.

A report on the role of ICT tools in RBMP was delivered, including a template to analyse systematically the use and impact of ICT tools. A training seminar took place to disseminate the gathered knowledge to stakeholders and the project team. The project participant made use of it i.e. for the case studies.

"ICT tools" was lead by Cemagref Paris.