The WeGovNow project is a research and innovation action funded under the Horizon2020 programme of the European Commission. It started in February 2016 and was completed in January 2019.
With its slogan “Towards WeGovernment: Collective and participative approaches for addressing local policy challenges” the WeGovNow project has been developed against the background of the ongoing transformation of the public sector. A key objective of the project was to make a contribution to the transition from viewing citizens as mere customers of public services towards what has occasionally been called WeGovernment, considering citizens as partners. Against this background, 12 partner organisations have joined forces in the WeGovNow project to tap into the potentials provided by participatory online technologies. During the initial project phase an online engagement platform, the WeGovNow platform, has been developed. The WeGovNow platform integrates different civic participation functions to support communication and collaboration of local stakeholders with a view to addressing local policy challenges in a participatory manner, thereby involving local residents, civil society and the public administration. During the final project year, this platform has been piloted under day-to-day conditions in terms of a publicly available service in three municipalities, namely the City of Turin (IT), the London Borough of Southwark (UK) and San Donà di Pave (IT).