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Processing high volumes of inputs from citizen engagement in parliamentary business: Case study from Brazil


15.00-16.00 CEST

As parliaments develop more channels for citizens to submit their views, many are then faced with the challenge of having to process large volumes of comments and submissions within what often are tight political timings and unhelpful processes. This is clearly a challenge faced by many parliaments so we have put together two IPU/IPEN Public Engagement Hub seminars on the topic to discuss different types of approaches.

In this second seminar on processing mass data, we will consider four tools at the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies to aid public participation and manage mass input from citizens. An outline will be given of the ePoll, which is the most used public participation tool used by Brazilian citizens. The seminar will look at how the information obtained through using such tools is handled by Parliamentarians, what works well / could be better, and what plans are being made for the future.

The seminar will also provide an overview of similar tools used in the Brazilian Senate such as its e-Citizenship platform. Specifically, the seminar will address how citizens can propose new ideas for legislation, participate in public hearings, and how this information is then processed for Senators to consider. The presentation will also highlight some of the challenges faced and the strategies employed to overcome them.

Language(s): English, French, Spanish

This webinar is jointly organised by the IPU and the International Parliament Engagement Network (IPEN)

The event is part of the series of webinars hosted by the Public engagement hub in IPU’s Centre for Innovation in Parliament in follow-up to the 2022 IPU-UNDP Global Parliamentary Report on Public engagement in the work of parliament.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

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Speaker(s) details: 

  • Rodolfo Vaz (Coordinator of Digital Solutions for Citizens, Chamber of Deputies, Brazil)
  • Alisson Bruno (Coordinator of the e-Citizenship Program, Senate of Brazil)