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The online engagement tools database was developed to provide a searchable database of current online public engagement tools available on the market. Currently there are 68 tools in the database.

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Polis United States https://pol.is/

Polis is a new way to gather open ended feedback from large groups of people. It is well suited to gathering organic, authentic feedback while retaining minority opinions.

The problem with surveys and comments

Think of the comment field at the end of a survey, or the comment section at the end of a news article. Both allow participants to write down whatever they think.
Humans will need to process the massive amount of text that results. This creates a burden on both survey research teams and comment moderators, respectively. It is also impossible to discern whether a given viewpoint is representative of the majority or not.

How polis is different?
Polis overcomes these challenges and produces meaning from open ended responses. Participants can write what they think, but they can also agree and disagree with what others are saying one comment at a time. This process happens in real-time. As soon as someone writes, others can vote.

Polis runs statistical analysis on these voting patterns, also in real-time. It produces opinion groups and surfaces the comments that brought each group together. It also surfaces comments that found broad consensus among participants.
Polis scales to any number of participants, even millions. It accomplishes this by combining crowd behavior and machine learning. Humans can do what they are good at – reading text and forming snap judgments, as well as comparing statements. Computers can do what they are good at – finding patterns in large data sets.

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Poll Everywhere http://www.polleverywhere.com

Collects audience responses in real time, live, or via the web.

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PublicStuff USA http://www.publicstuff.com

Communication system for reporting and resolving community concerns.

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Recovers USA http://www.recovers.org

Engages the public in disaster preparedness and recovery.

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SeeClickFix USA http://www.seeclickfix.com

For reporting and responding to neighborhood issues.

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Street Bump USA http://www.streetbump.org

Crowdsourcing application to improve public streets.

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Survey Anyplace Belgium https://surveyanyplace.com/

Survey Anyplace is on a mission to save the world from boring surveys!
It lets you create your own interactive quizzes, surveys, assessments, polls… The tool is an online app, so no installs needed on your devices! You’ll notice it’s mobile friendliness in the many ways it makes use of mobile features (like a digital scratch card, a selfie upload, swiping…). It’s incredibly easy to customize and brand your surveys from head to toe. The tool is full of widgets an gamified elements to entice respondents and increase interaction.

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TellUs Toolkit UK http://www.tellus-toolkit.com

Map-based tools for engagement and decision-making.

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The Agora USA http://www.theagora.co

Town hall type online platform for public opinnion gathering with ability to stream videos, sms polls

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The Hive Australia http://the-hive.com.au/

THE HiVE is a digital toolbox designed to help public agencies easily create beautiful and functional websites to promote projects and encourage public participation.

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Tidepools USA http://www.tidepools.co

Collaborative mobile mapping platform for gathering and sharing hyperlocal information.

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townhall http://www.townhallapp.io

Townhall is for government and community groups to increase participation in online consultations. They have redesigned the traditional survey to be simple, quick and shareable on social media

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WeJit USA http://www.mywejit.com

Collaborative online decision-making, brainstorming, debating, prioritizing, and more.

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Zilino USA http://www.beta.zilino.com

Host deliberative online forums and facilitated participatory meetings.

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ZUP Brazil http://zeladoriaurbana.com.br

Plataform for reporting issues for local administrtions. Opensource version: https://github.com/institutotim

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