| 4. In which ways is the initiative creative and innovative?
There is no completely free and unrestricted access platform like this in the world. This initiative is open sourced and can be shared with other governments or CSOs. Similar experiences are commercial or are not as broad as this: Guide Star International (EUA, India, Belgium, Israel and South Korea), Charity Navigator and Charity Commission (UK), for example.
It is a completely new and open minded approach to the relationship between the public administration and the CSOs, based on the Open Data and Government philosophy, built in close partnership with CSOs.
Some of the project’s innovative features:
1. The Civil Society Organizations geographical search Map;
2. CSOs Search toolbar;
3. Search engine for project’s funding calls:
4. Indicators and infographics;
5. Accessibility Menu (for people with disabilities);
6. Registering CSO Representatives section;
7. Comprehensive and User-friendly CSO Profile Page;
8. Daily Public Data Update;
9. Correction of the public resources transfered to CSOs by inflation indexes;
10. Tutorial for registration of representative of OSC and editing of profile page;
11. A complete portal FAQ;
12. Data Extractor;
• The initiative will present new features in the future: Integration with other georeferenced databases and become a even more interactive platform.
| 5. Who implemented the initiative and what is the size of the population affected by this initiative?
The beta version was first implemented in cooperation by the Brazilian think tank Getulio Vargas Foundation and the Brazilian Presidency of the Republic General Secretariat. After the project was officially launched at the end of 2014 the responsibility for further development and the ownership was fully transferred to the Brazilian Institute for Economic Applied Research (IPEA).
Ipea is a federal government think tank. The Institute, nowadays part of the Planning and Budget Ministry, expanded the Map’s reaching from 40 thousand to all 400 thousands CSOs, and integrated new databases. Currently, we are devising ways to to connect this Map with informational data from state and local governments, since a large share of the OSCS activities occurs in partnerships with state and local government .
As a national broad on-line platform the Brazilian Civil Society Organization’s Map benefitted direct or indirectly almost 404.000 organizations – with over 2.2 million employees -, as well as all the public servant in the federal, state and municipal level working in partnership with the CSO. As we mentioned before there are other beneficiaries such as the control agencies, academics and researches in related fields of study, journalists and public influencers, etc.
Thus it is difficult to measure the precise number of people impacted by this initiative. There are many indirect beneficiaries of this project.
| 6. How was the strategy implemented and what resources were mobilized?
Step 1: Built a complete database on the CSOs partnerships with the federal government;
Step 2: Create an on-line beta version of an on-line and free public transparency platform;
Step 3:Launch the beta version with the cooperation and support of many partners
Step 4:Look forward for new approaches, such as states and municipalities data on CSOs
Step 5: Always upgrade the initial and basic platform’s functionalities;
Step 6: “Spread the word” to public and related events and common-interested partners.
In financial terms the first Cooperation Agreement signed between IPEA and the Brazilian Presidency of the Republic, in December 2014, designated exactly R$ 700.000 (Brazilian Real), for the cost of the 2015-2016 period. Other agreements were settled with the Ministry of Justice, in 2016, for the amount of R$ 1.000.000, for the 2017-2018 period. And the reenactment of the Cooperation Agreement with the Presidency, with a new budget of R$ 700.000, in 2016, for the 2017-2018 period.
One of the main philosophies of the initial project strategy was that it needed to gain autonomy and to be auto sufficient. To guarantee that core value all public data base was transferred, extracted and load to IPEA’s data bank via web service intelligence. In other words the on-line platform was the most updated as possible, with no human interference on having access to public and reliable data.
| 7. Who were the stakeholders involved in the design of the initiative and in its implementation?
There were many stakeholders involved in the design of the initiative and until know many of them are still consulted in the ongoing development process.
a) Brazilian Presidency of the Republic Government Secretariat (SEGOV/PR);
b) Brazilian Institute of economic Applied Research (IPEA);
c) CSOs Platform;
d) Other governmental partners;
Three main institutions were directly involved in the project implementation: the Brazilian Presidency of the Republic Government Secretariat was coordinating the implementation, with the technical supervision and collaboration of the Getulio Vargas Foundation Project branch (FGV Projetos) was responsible for the initial beta version of the project in partnership with the Brazilian Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA), which is today coordinating and is responsible for the project’s improvement.
The persons involved in the implementation process were:
• Lais de Figueiredo Lopes (Former Brazilian Presidency of the Republic Special Advisor);
• Félix Garcia López (project coordinator / IPEA).
• CSOs representatives
| 8. What were the most successful outputs and why was the initiative effective?
Five of the most remarkable outputs which illustrates the success of the initiative and its bonds to the SGDs were:
1) We have created a sound and broad platform on the CSOs sector in a national level, where there was no systematic information aimed for public transparency and accountability;
2) We have provided to the public administration an innovative tool for the addressment of better and new reliable public services in partnership with CSOs;
3) We have provided the means to protect and simultaneously empower the CSOs assuring and helping on its path of credibility while providing tools for its long-term sustainability, through legal and institutional reform;
4) We have managed to provide trustful data for the academic sector focused on the CSOs reality, while continuously delivering reports and publications for the society;
5) In resume, we have managed deliver an overall better institutional and legal environment focused on many of the 16th and 17th SDG’s targets, specifically related to civil society’s, CSOs, rights of association and their relation with the public administration.
Together these actions contributed with the improvement of the institutional and technical environment for the Brazilian national-wide public administration and CSO relations agenda. It also left a better terrain for knowledge production and dissemination, stimulating an overarching research agenda for the academics.
In terms of transparency and accountability it delivers an on-line always-updated public platform for any citizen or public representative to address the entire CSO’s universe and complex reality, while protection, informing and advocating for better and stronger civil society.
| 9. What were the main obstacles encountered and how were they overcome?
The main obstacles and how they were overcome:
1) We have faced very rasp inter-sectorial and intergovernmental obstacles while dealing with a range variety of organizational cultures and multiple-type stakeholders – representatives from all levels of government (federal, state and municipal levels), from the CSOs and academics. To constantly maintain an open dialogue with all of those core stakeholders in every phase of the project’s path is an enduring task.
2) We have faced some difficulties on the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) aspects. We drafted from scratch the beta version of the platform, and it is an ongoing task to keep it updated in terms of data while developing new features and pushing the initiative forward.
3) Brazilian political instability may affect the mid-term financial sustainability of the project, because there is not yet a specific and constant public budget addressed to the project. However we are building many private and public partnerships to address long-term stability to the initiative. For now we have an expected R$1,700,000 budget for the 2017-2018 timeframe.