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Benchmarking Decidim: What can we Learn from Similar Platforms?

Hedy Lamarr
Carrer de Concepción Arenal 165, El Congrés i els Indians, Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalunya, Espanya
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Official meeting

Decidim isn't alone in the field. Other platforms have been there for years, each with its own take on features and user experiences. And whether you treat them as competition or not, they're a chance for us to learn and improve.

This is why at Open Source Politics we would like to suggest a workshop to take a clear-eyed look at what others are doing right and wrong. We'll assess, discuss, and find inspiration.

We won't tiptoe around tough questions. If a platform has a feature we lack, we'll ask why, and whether we need it. If their user interface does something better than ours, we'll see what we can change. This isn't about flattery or imitation. It's about understanding our space better.

The end goal? Come out of the workshop with real, concrete ideas for how to make Decidim better. No vague concepts or grand visions—just actionable strategies we can work on right away.


  1. Exposition by OSP (30 minutes): This past summer (and for the past few years), our team at OSP conducted a comprehensive benchmarking analysis of Decidim, taking a deep dive into a selection of competing platforms. This rigorous exercise allowed us to identify a number of intriguing practices that diverge significantly from Decidim's approach. In the initial segment of our workshop, we will guide you through these noteworthy contrasts one by one.
  2. Team Assembly (5 minutes): Following the exposition, we will segment participants into three distinct breakout groups. Each team will be tasked with delving into a subset of the major deviations identified during our benchmarking process.
  3. Collaborative Analysis (30 minutes): Each group will embark on an in-depth exploration of their assigned contrasts, teasing out potential learnings and implications for Decidim.
  4. Interactive Insights Sharing (15 minutes): Post-analysis, each group will take center stage to share their insights and recommendations. We request each group to cap their presentations at a maximum of 5 minutes, allowing time for a quick transition between groups.
  5. Conclusion and Path Forward (10 minutes): To conclude, we will all synthesize the key points discussed during the workshop, distill the crucial takeaways, and chart a course for future action based on the collective insights and recommendations. Our aim is to transform these discoveries into clear, actionable inspiration for Decidim's continued evolution.

Made by: Open Source Politics

Language of the session: English


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