Stanford Crowdsourced Democracy Team


Online Deliberation Platform

Online Deliberation Platform is a video discussion platform for groups of 8-15 people. The platform is designed to facilitate a structured and equitable conversation with better opportunity for participants to speak up. The platform is under active development, and has recently been successfully deployed over 15 times, with more than 15,000 unique participants (and with over 100 parallel rooms at the same time). This includes collaborations with the Chilean Senate (to discuss the Chilean constitutional reforms), Meta (to discuss policies governing the Metaverse), and America in one Room. It is developed by the Stanford Crowdsourced Democracy Team in collaboration with the Deliberative Democracy Lab.

Participatory Budgeting Platform

Stanford Participatory Budgeting Platform allows cities, municipalities, states and foundations and other organizations to run a participatory budgeting (PB) election in which people can vote on the budget. The project is open-source and free. The platform has been used in many cities in the United States, such as Chicago, Seattle, Boston, and New York City.

City Budgeting

Stanford City Budgeting Platform allows cities and municipalities to seek feedback from their residents on their entire budget. Our largest deployment (in Austin) involved more than 30,000 responses ( See report).

Zoning Exercise

We helped the city of Newton run a complex survey to solicit the zoning preferences of their residents and stakeholders. Over 1,000 users participated ( See report).

ASSU Budget Visualization

(Now concluded) The Stanford Crowdsourced Democracy Team collaborated with the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU), the general student body at Stanford, to design and build a new user interface for the budgeting elections, in which students voted to fund various student groups and activities. The new user interface included an interactive visualization that let students view the requested amounts of funding for each group and how their votes would affect their tuition. ( See example report)