About Me

Ismael Peña-López

I am Ismael Peña-López.

I am lecturer at the School of Law and Political Science of the Open University of Catalonia and senior researcher at Open Evidence. I am also fellow director of Open Innovation at Fundació Jaume Bofill.

My main research interests are the impact of ICTs in society (e-Readiness, the digital divide), especially in development (e-inclusion, ICT4D), and educational (e-Learning, digital competence) and political (e-participation, e-democracy) institutions.

ICT4D Blog

30/06/2018

A Theory of Change of citizen participation

The Theory of Change is a methodology for strategic planning for social change. It is based on a reverse engineering process: once the systemic changes are stated, the process goes backwards to identify what outcomes are related to these systemic changes, what outputs (products, services) lead to these outcomes, and what activities or groups of activities (programmes, resources, etc.) have to be deployed to create these outputs.

What follows is a Theory of Change of citizen participation, in which the engagement of citizens in public decision-making is put at the service of some systemic changes and, reversely, can be ...

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Sociedad Red Blog

16/06/2018

Estar a Òmnium, ser Òmnium

Ismael Peña-López a Òmnium Cultural. Assemblea General Ordinària del 3 de març de 2018Presentant el projecte de think tank a l'Assemblea General Ordinària d' Òmnium Cultural del 3 de març de 2018.

A finals de 2014 vaig incorporar-me a la Junta Nacional d'Òmnium Cultural. Hi entrava de la mà de la Muriel Casals, a qui li deia obertament que Muriel, jo no soc dels vostres. La seva resposta, tan espontània com sentida, em va fer acceptar a l'acte: precisament la gent que no se sentia partícip del projecte d'Òmnium era la ...

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Report. Study on the impact of the internet and social media on youth participation and youth work

Cover of the Study on the Impact of the Internet and Social Media on Youth Participation and Youth work
Study on the Impact of the Internet and Social Media on Youth Participation and Youth work

The Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission has just released the Study on the impact of the internet and social media on youth participation and youth work, that was coauthored by Francisco Lupiáñez-Villanueva, Alexandra Theben, Federica Porcu and myself.

The study analyses 50 good ...

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Article. Digital platforms: consumption groups and cooperatives vs. The Food Assembly in the case of Barcelona

Article cover of "Consumption groups and cooperatives in Barcelona"
Consumption groups and cooperatives in Barcelona (article)
Ricard Espelt, Núria Vega and I have just published an article at on consumption cooperatives: Plataformas digitales: grupos y cooperativas de consumo versus La Colmena que dice sí, el caso de Barcelona (Digital platforms: consumption groups and cooperatives vs. The Food Assembly in the case of Barcelona).

The article compares the emergence of agroconsumption groups and cooperatives in ...

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