Monitor Online Participation NRW – Database of local online participation processes in North Rhine-Westphalia

Did you know that in your neighbouring town citizens spring into action and shape local affairs – by online means?

In recent years public participation has become an important topic for municipalities. In this process there are different designs and channels to enable citizens to have an impact on political and administrative decisions that they consider important – for instance urban land-use plannings or budgeting. Some municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia therefor increasingly use the Internet.

But till last fall (2016), there was no survey of how many municipalities use online means in public participation for which processes and offers. The PhD programme wanted to meet this challenge and registered all internet-based public participation processes in a freely accessible database.

The DIID Monitor “Online-Participation” provides a systematic overview of local e-participation of the German federal state North Rhine-Westphalia for the first time. All municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia were asked via a quantitative standardized survey (online as well as offline) to what extent they used the Internet to involve citizens in political and administrative decisions.

The results were presented in an interactive map:

The evaluation shows that about one-third of all municipalities (status: March 2016) have already implemented at least one procedure for online citizen participation. The phenomenon is not limited to large cities. So far, most of the e-participation procedures have taken place in the participatory budget. However, for some years, the topics and fields of local e-participation are becoming more and more diversified.

The project is carried out by a team of PhD students of the programme from various disciplines:

This survey is intended to be a basis for academic research in the field of online participation in North Rhine-Westphalia as well as foster networking among municipalities, which are interested in the use of these means.

There is more information available in German.


The team is assisted by:
Dr. Tobias Escher (Institut für Informatik)
Dr. Hanna Hoffmann (Institut für Sozialwissenschaften)
Dipl.-Soz. Johannes Krause (Institut für Sozialwissenschaften)
Prof. Dr. Martin Mauve (Sprecher des Forschungskollegs)
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Rosar (Dekan Philosophische Fakultät)

If you want to know more about this project or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us:

Sabrina Schöttle M.A.
PhD student in the PhD programme „Online-Partizipation“
Phone: +49(01)81-12521
Office hours Mo-Fr 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Institute for Social Sciences
Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf
Universitätsstr. 1
40225 Düsseldorf