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Thanks to the development of new technologies and tools, taking part in decision-making processes is just one click away.

Consul and Decidim are two free software platforms dedicated to citizen participation  which are developed in Ruby on Rails.

At ASPgems, due to our extensive experience in Ruby on Rails, we can safely say that we are placed as a benchmark company in the development of these platforms. As well as being experts in RoR, our senior developers also have extensive experience in agile development.

Which is best, Consul or Decim?

Consul

VS

Decidim

Making the right decision on which platform to use is important. Each one has different functionalities, processes and initiatives. We can advise you on which one best suits your needs, in addition to making their implementation an easy and painless process.

We consider ourselves experts in the installation and development of new features. Here is a post that explains concepts, community and philosophy of Consul and Decidim.

Comparative chart of features and functionalities

Functionality Type
Functionality
Decidim
Consul
Participation spaces or modals
Configurable participation processes
Yes
No
Direct initiatives or proposals
Yes
Yes
Collaborative legislation
Yes
Yes
Participation Proposals
Yes, as a process
Yes
Participation Bodies
Yes
No
Digital queries
Yes
Yes
Offline voting
No
Yes
Conferences
Yes
No
Components or mechanisms for participation
Proposals
Yes
Yes
Debates
Yes
Yes
Meetings
Yes
No
Results Tracking
Yes
Yes, only for budgets
Comments
Yes
Yes
Blog
Yes
No
Surveys
Yes
Yes
Draw
Yes
No
Comment texts
Yes
Yes
Newsletter
Yes
Yes
Online search
Yes
Yes

How do we do it?

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We listen to you

We analyze the needs of your company or Town Hall to offer you the best possible solutions.

We plan ahead

The aim is to have the platform available for use within a maximum period of 20 days.

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We customize

We adapt the platform to your entity or corporation by applying the styles, texts and logos of your choice.

We integrate with your servers

These platforms require integration with your organization’s servers. We will take care of these processes and their management.

We integrate with the data base

We integrate the list of municipalities or other databases, so that they can participate in the initiatives and projects of the platform.

We provide maintenance

We ensure the maintenance of the platform with a choice of two options: Basic Maintenance, including servers and correction of incidents. Complete Maintenance that also includes platform updates and technical support.

Success stories

Decide Madrid

Ayuntamiento de Madrid

In the case of the Ayuntamiento de Madrid (Madrid City Council), ASPgems’ job was to create a new module for the Consul citizen collaboration platform.

The citizen consultation website of the Madrid City Council decide.madrid.es offers the possibility of participating in debates, making proposals, seeing open processes and consulting participatory budgets.

Access to the platform is through email and password registration, once inside the user can discuss or contribute new proposals. The city council detected that many of these proposals did not come to an end, that is, they did not obtain sufficient support to be voted on. There was no follow-up or dissemination of the proposal, and our contribution was to try to improve the dashboard of proposals.

decide.madrid.es

Ajuntament Barcelona

Ajuntament de Barcelona

Citizen decision platforms, such as consul, usually include citizen processes and initiatives. Decidim.org only included processes, that is, proposals created by the city council for citizens to vote. The city council of Barcelona wanted to extend these votes to initiatives: proposals made by the citizens so that the city council could value ​​them and put them to a vote.

Now users, neighbors or associations will be able to create citizen initiatives, with a new functionality developed to discover if there any similar ones already created, to then decide if they want to join an existing one or move forward with their new proposal.

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Ayuntamiento de Chiloeches

Ayuntamiento de Chiloeches

The adaptation of the platform not only solves design issues, but also the particular needs of the City Council of Chiloeches. In this case ASPgems has helped describe the roles within the platform: administrator, manager, user. Also setting the different levels of participation, according to the origin of the proposal: 

  • Citizen
  • Councilor / Mayor
  • Another member of Government

Participation is recorded within “Debates”, by the creation of new “Proposals” or the “Voting” of existing ones.

decide.aytochiloeches.es

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