SmartParticipation is an Open Source e-participation platform based on Drupal and designed to provide an effective and adaptable environment for online discussions. Developed and refined by CeRI, a cross-disciplinary group of Cornell University researchers, SmartParticipation features include:

  • Novel public commenting interface
  • Robust moderator interface
  • User surveys
  • Site-specific ability for users to recommend and share
  • User contact features to keep users involved and engaged
  • Threaded replies
  • Social media sharing
  • Automated comment support tips
  • Easily exportable user and comment data

CeRI personnel can provide training in experience-based techniques for generating the most value from utilization of the SmartParticipation platform. Including:

  • Outreach to Motivate and Sustain Engagement
  • Informative and Accessible Site Content Creation
  • Content Synthesis

SmartParticipation is available for download.

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Click here for additional platform information and comments from SmartParticipation partners and users. Then, please contact the CeRI team at for further information.

Visit a SmartParticipation Discussion

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.

Visit RegulationRoom

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.

Visit ACUS @ RecommendationRoom