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ParticipateDB 2018 Digital Engagement Census

Improving our understanding of how technology is shaping community engagement around the world.

The ParticipateDB 2018 Digital Engagement Census is a public data collection event that took place February 9-26, 2018 inviting the global field of community engagement and public participation practitioners to report how digital engagement – i.e., the art and practice of applying information and communications technologies to support, strengthen and/or expand community engagement and other participatory processes – is shaping their work.

The content and insights generated through this first-of-its-kind survey will be made available to the public via the ParticipateDB website. A follow-up practitioner dialogue in March 2018 will provide an opportunity to explore these findings further.


Launched in 2009, ParticipateDB has quickly grown to become the most comprehensive resource of its kind in the world today. The 2018 ParticipateDB Digital Engagement Census is an effort to significantly improve the breadth and depth of the site’s coverage, to boost adoption and to surface topics for future exploration and research.

To learn more about ParticipateDB, please refer to our about page and check out the FAQ.


In a nutshell, the ParticipateDB 2018 Digital Engagement Census invites community engagement and public participation practitioners from around the world to answer two basic questions:

  1. Which digital engagement tools or services have you used in your work lately?
  2. What were your experiences and lessons learned?

The census will run for seventeen days.

Once the content collection phase has finished, the project team will handle quality assurance, provide content analysis and prepare a comprehensive report. The results of the census will be shared with the public.

A follow-up online event in March 2018 will provide respondents with an opportunity to study the results and dive deeper into some of the issues and themes that may have emerged by then.

The goal is to reach a diverse international audience, particularly from non-English speaking and developing countries.


Please see the list of key dates below:

  • January 2018: Survey preparation and outreach
  • February 9, 2018 (Friday): Survey opens
  • February 18, 2018 (Sunday): Survey window extended
  • February 26, 2018 (Monday): Survey closes
  • Late February 2018: High-level interim report
  • March 14, 2018: follow-up event with presentation of results
  • Late March 2018: Final project report

All dates subject to change.


We are working with the following international partner organizations:

Todd Davies, Associate Director and Lecturer at the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University, is supporting the project as individual academic partner.

Intellitics, Inc., which launched ParticipateDB in 2009 and first initiated the census project in 2016, continues to be involved as a project sponsor.

How to get involved

The survey is live!

Follow ParticipateDB on social media or use the form below to subscribe to our newsletter for occasional updates.

Thank you!

The survey period for the ParticipateDB 2018 Digital Engagement Census has now closed. We are currently processing the responses we have received.

The final report will be made available later in March.

Join us February 14 for the follow-up event to learn about the results and discuss next steps.

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