Tools and methods: Which additional activities/tools should be foreseen in order to support participatory decision-making?
• Different methods and environments should be used simultaneously, because different target groups might respond to different channels (meetings, work groups, online forums).
• Beginning with the very first phases, it is important to establish a method for recording all disagreements.
• Open Data Initiatives – Local governments should recognise the use of open materials in making governance more transparent as an important aspect of participation. An initial step in this might be the compilation of a list of data and data bases that are made available for open use. The list could also include short comments on each data base, active links to materials, etc. This creates a situation in which businesses and non-governmental organisations can use the data to generate new solutions and services. An example of this is the site http://www.meieraha.eu/ created by Garage48 group, where the national budget and its parts are visualized and made easily understandable. The site makes use of the data that are publicly available.
• Attention should be paid to creating a simple system of notification (for example, in the channel chosen and used by citizens) for notifying the participants of the new available data.