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The evaluation project called BEKO Baden-Wuerttemberg was founded in close partnership with the Dialogik non-profit cooperation, which designed and conducted the participation for the environmental ministry.

The state government of Baden-Wuerttemberg initiated a law-making-process entitled “Integrated Energy and Climate Saving Concept” (German abbreviation IEKK). The draft version of it was designed by several ministries with additional external input by experts. The draft contained Goals, strategies and measured concerning the fulfilling of the German Energy Transition on state level. On the proposed measurements a participation (called BEKO) among all citizens and stake-holders should be held. Therefore a website with the offer to read, comment and rate all measures was offered to the public. Beyond that, 12 additional focus groups, each meeting at least twice, were offered for a deeper discussion about the measures.

The evaluation of this participation core is the individual experience as participant gained during the process of participation online or offline – as citizen or as representative of a stake-holder organization. Thus several surveys are made:
  • A written, 4-part-questionnaire for all participants in paper (offline and online)
  • Interviews among most active participants
  • Analysis of website logs about the user behaviour
Beyond these parts the evaluation project also includes two indirect affected groups through two series of interviews. These are:
  • Members of the parliament of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg as receiver of the BEKO recommendations
  • Ministerial consultants, that designed the measures in the first place, to question them about the impact of participation on their work and administrational processes
A media analysis covering the whole participation among print and online media completes the evaluation package to get a holistic picture about functioning and effects of such a multi-media, multi-method participation.

Funding: Ministery of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Wuerttemberg
Project duration: Nov 2012 – April 2014
Staff: Oliver Scheel, M.A.
Sarah-Kristina Wist, M.A.
Prof. Ortwin Renn
Contact: Oliver Scheel

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