Add projects and set timeline
You can put an unlimited amount of projects on your platform. We recommend to communicate about the process of your decision-making process. You can use your project pages and timelines for this. On every dedicated project page you can set the different phases and activities linked to this project. We also recommended to be as transparent as possible and use the edit possibilities of every phase to give the user as much information as needed.
Launch the first three ideas yourself
The main focus of your platform is adding (user) and collecting (admin) ideas. At any moment a user on your platform can add ideas. When we hand you the platform, no ideas have been added yet. It can be useful and we dare to recommend it to add some ideas yourself as an admin before you go public (either choose a personal or institutional profile – e.g. City of x). Why not ask immediate colleagues to add an idea?
Make sure your timeline is set correctly
A timeline allows users to grab at a glance the chronology of your participation process. Phases are the different steps of the process, usually going from broad crowdsourcing of ideas through refining and to the definition of end proposals. Events allow to link between your process and events happening outside the platform, for instance a launch event, offline participation sessions, theme-related events, or the release of final conclusions.
After you have created your "project", you can access its settings: go to Settings > Projects > [click the relevant project] > click the "Timeline" tab.
You can add and edit as many phases to a project as you wish. Pick the desired number of phases for your process.
In every phase you can pick the participation method, i.e. chose what exactly you want your visitors to do during this phase: post ideas, comment or vote. Change this setting for every phase separately by (un)checking the boxes:
Events are displayed in a card view under timeline and separately in a tab on the project page.