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The objective of the project is to prepare an internet platform which will support the planning and conduct of public consultations attended by town halls and citizens in accordance with the deliberative model of communication. As a form of public communication, the deliberative model is characterised, among other things, by the following features: openness, inclusiveness, reciprocity and reflectiveness. For the purposes of our project these features will be operationalised, both with reference to the entire process of public consultations, as well as its individual stages. I understand the operationalisation of the above-mentioned values as their translation into formal components of the system which will support implementation of the values. The purpose of the proposed IT tools is to evoke deliberative standards and to channel activities; they are designed to consolidate, through active education, the attitudes which are desirable in the context of the deliberative model. The tools are fully compliant with the documents which were developed in recent years and which promote the standards of quality with regard to public consultations. When describing individual functions of the internet platform we will consider the tools and activities taken by officials as organisers of the process (official’s interface), and by the citizens (citizen’s interface). We will discuss step by step the tools and the effects of their application which will be visible at individual stages of the process of public consultations. We have distinguished three stages: preparation, implementation and summary of results.

The document presents the comments on the availability of IT tools used for implementing the deliberative model of public consultations. At the preparation stage of consultation, developed in detail was the issue of availability of registration forms for the citizen, the choice of rooms for meetings - a list of the mandatory facilities to choose from was presented. The focus is also on the details of the information materials and discussion meetings. The issue of facilities during the implementation of the public consultation (incl. information materials, participation of experts, conducting debates, graph and survey accessibility) was discussed. The minimum accessibility requirements as provided by WCAG 2.0 were pointed out, as well as their necessary extensions.

This review by prof. Coleman discussed the platform's functionalities, as well as its aims and possibilities for further improvement.

This documents describes in detail the "In Dialogue" platform's functionalities, with regards to varying user roles. It describes each step of the consultations conducted via the platform, and points to varying actions required by the officials and the citizens in the online consultative process.

This document introduces the reader to the issues of the Polish copyright law, key definitions and criteria of what qualifies as "copyrighted work" with regards to online content and software use.

All three documents present the initial mockup of the platform's interface for various elements/ stages of consultations, designed for City Hall clerks as well as citizens.

All four screencasts show the development of the "In Dialogue" platform between November 2014 and July 2015, which included several changes to the platform's functionalities.

The gathered material of empirical and theoretical character was used to further develop the platform and update or alter some of its functionalities so that it is more user-friendly. A crucial part of this step, done with the cooperation of PFON, was adjusting the platform so that it can be accessed by users with disabilities. The platform is now equipped with short instructions in sign language, as well as with easy-to-read guides of the most important platform features. By focusing on accessibility, we hope to create an online tool aiding the process of citizen inclusion, which remains a serious problem in several Polish cities.

Two user manuals have also been prepared (in Polish): one for City Hall clerks responsible for planning, executing and evaluating the consultations, and one for the citizens (which is a step-by-step guide to registration, logging in, and participating in discussions). Both manuals explain in detail the platform’s functionalities and features. They will be published online in final versions in due course.

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