Polys


Participatory Budgeting Platform

Polys. Participatory budgeting is a digital tool used by local governments and other organizations to engage the public in decision-making.
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Benefits of citizen engagement

Growth of civic activity
Participatory budgeting is a powerful tool for civic education. Involving citizens in solving local issues gives them a sense of importance, allows them to participate in the implementation of local initiatives and encourages other kinds of assistance on a voluntary basis.
Improving relations between citizens and local authorities
The opportunity for citizens to participate in decision-making and influence the development of their communities leads to active cooperation with local authorities, the building of good neighborly relations and increases trust.
Fair and transparent expenses
When residents decide how to spend money, public funding is more responsive to the needs of residents. Citizen-approved projects are financed more efficiently and facilities are managed more carefully thanks to public scrutiny.
Participatory budgeting in schools
Educational institutions also use participatory budgeting to involve students, parents, teachers and administrators in the selection process when funding initiatives from the school budget or other sources.

PB in schools gives students a positive experience of civic engagement and strengthens the school community by building positive relationships between students and the school administration.

What do we offer?

Intuitive interface
The platform is easy to use and does not require programming skills. You can set up a proactive budgeting campaign in just a few clicks, and residents can vote for projects online from anywhere.
Customization
Our solution is fully adaptable to the needs of our customers. If you need to notify residents via text message, a chat feature with technical support, or something else, we're ready to discuss your wishes.
Convenient identification of voters
To vote for projects, residents are identified using their mobile phone number. This simple method of authentication makes it possible to attract a larger audience to PB projects.
Data export and reporting
All necessary information is collected for reporting purposes. This data can be analyzed to make informed decisions and improve your policies.
Secure solution
The platform was developed by Kaspersky, the world leader in cybersecurity, and draws on many years of expertise as well as the latest technology.
Training and support
We created this tool with the participation of experts in the field of PB, taking into account international practices. We're ready to share our expertise with customers and provide them with comprehensive support.

Make decisions that meet the needs of the entire community

Involving different community cohorts in the PB process helps ensure your decisions reflect the priorities of the entire community. Find out how our platform can help you attract a representative sample of hundreds or thousands of residents.

Stages of participatory budgeting

Implement the projects your citizens need in just four steps.
Приложение для создания голосований
Step 1.
Generation of ideas
Anyone can offer an idea to improve their city or district.
Письмо с приглашением на голосование
Step 2.
Selection and approval of proposals
Thanks to the collaboration between residents and local authorities, ideas are turned into proposals, and city experts estimate their costs.
Приложение голосующего
Step 3.
Voting
All residents can vote for their favorite projects.
Наблюдение за ходом голосования
Step 4.
Implementation
The city implements the projects that receive the most votes.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the data stored?
All data for participatory budgeting projects, with the exception of files, is stored in the blockchain network database. Supporting documentation for projects is stored separately, and only the hashes of the corresponding files are recorded in the blockchain. Users' personal data does not enter the blockchain and is stored in service layer's data storage (PostgreSQL).
What personal information is collected and how is privacy protected?
The system only stores the personal data required for user authentication: phone number, email address or ID from external identity provider (for example, Facebook), depending on how the user logs in to the system. The data is stored in the service layer's data storage, which is only accessible to the services that need this data to operate.
What are the technical requirements and what about hosting?
The system consists of three components: blockchain network, service layer and user interface.

To deploy a blockchain network, at least four servers are required with the following minimum configuration:
  • Network – 1Mbytes capacity (latency of no more than 20ms between servers);
  • CPU – dual-core 3GHz;
  • RAM – 8GB;
  • SSD – 100GB

To deploy the service layer, at least one server is required (preferably more for fault tolerance and load balancing) with the following minimum configuration:
  • CPU – dual-core 3GHz;
  • RAM – 16GB;
  • HDD/SSD – 200GB

The user interface is designed as a web application delivered in the form of static files. Any CDN or hosting with Nginx installed with sufficient capacity in terms of the number of simultaneous connections (depending on the expected load on the PB portal) is suitable for delivering the application to the user's browser.