SmartParticipation is a platform designed to provide an effective and adaptable environment for online discussion. Developed and refined by Cornell University researchers during years of hosting live public comment on proposed new federal regulations, SmartParticipation can help your organization sponsor online discussion that is thoughtful, diverse and meaningful. For more information, contact us at

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From October 21, 2015 to January 8, 2016, people affected by congestion in the NYC area can learn about and discuss the causes and possible solutions. With all the attention on what the experts think, it's time to bring the people into the discussion. Share your experiences and on-the-ground knowledge. Help evaluate the various proposed solutions and add your own ideas—so that policymakers are also hearing the voice of the people who know first-hand about NYC congestion.

Visit NYC @ SmartParticipation

When the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wanted broader input on whether to propose new rules on debt collection practices, SmartParticipation was the answer. CFPB Director Richard Cordray described the result as “produc[ing] a level of engagement that deepens knowledge on both sides.” 80% of commenters had never previously commented in a federal rulemaking.

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When the Administrative Conference of the United States was considering a set of recommended practices on agency use of social media in rulemaking, ACUS “walked the talk” by using SmartParticipation to get comments on various drafts of the proposed recommendations.

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