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A component for Decidim that allows collaborative planning before the ideas go to budgeting phase.


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The gem has been developed by Mainio Tech.

A Decidim module that provides a new component that can be added to any participatory space in Decidim. The component allows users to write plans together that link to specific proposals. Further on these plans can be converted to budgeting projects once the process moves to budgeting.

The idea of plans is for the people to plan together the proposals further before a budgeting voting is started. During the planning process people should come up with a more specific plan for the project based on which the budget can be evaluated.

The plans component is based on the Decidim's own proposals component with the following differences:

  • Plans are multilingual so that they can be copied over to budgeting projects.
  • Plans are collaborative by default, borrowing ideas from collaborative drafts in the proposals component.
  • Plans can be linked to proposals in the same participatory space.
  • The format of the plan form can be customized, so the fields that users need to fill can be customized instead of relying on a fixed set of fields. This allows all plans to appear in the same format.
  • Plans can be later on converted into budgeting processes for the budgets component once they are finished. When converting, the different sections are converted to sub-headings in the budgeting project's description and the budget needs to be specified by the user doing the conversion.

Development of this gem has been sponsored by the City of Helsinki.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem "decidim-plans"

And then execute:

$ bundle
$ bundle exec rails decidim_favorites:install:migrations
$ bundle exec rails decidim_feedback:install:migrations
$ bundle exec rails decidim_tags:install:migrations
$ bundle exec rails decidim_plans:install:migrations
$ bundle exec rails db:migrate

To keep the gem up to date, you can use the commands above to also update it.


You can add the plans component to any participatory space. After adding, users can start writing the plans when plan creation is enabled.


For instructions how to setup your development environment for Decidim, see Decidim. Also follow Decidim's general instructions for development for this project as well.


To start contributing to this project, first:

  • Install the basic dependencies (such as Ruby and PostgreSQL)
  • Clone this repository

Decidim's main repository also provides a Docker configuration file if you prefer to use Docker instead of installing the dependencies locally on your machine.

You can create the development app by running the following commands after cloning this project:

$ bundle
$ DATABASE_USERNAME=<username> DATABASE_PASSWORD=<password> bundle exec rake development_app
$ npm i

Note that the database user has to have rights to create and drop a database in order to create the dummy test app database.

Then to test how the module works in Decidim, start the development server:

$ cd development_app
$ DATABASE_USERNAME=<username> DATABASE_PASSWORD=<password> bundle exec rails s

In case you are using rbenv and have the rbenv-vars plugin installed for it, you can add the environment variables to the root directory of the project in a file named .rbenv-vars. If these are defined for the environment, you can omit defining these in the commands shown above.

Code Styling

Please follow the code styling defined by the different linters that ensure we are all talking with the same language collaborating on the same project. This project is set to follow the same rules that Decidim itself follows.

The following linters are used:

You can run the code styling checks by running the following commands from the console:

$ bundle exec rubocop
$ npm run lint
$ npm run stylelint

To ease up following the style guide, you should install the plugins to your favorite editor, such as:


To run the tests run the following in the gem development path:

$ bundle
$ DATABASE_USERNAME=<username> DATABASE_PASSWORD=<password> bundle exec rake test_app
$ DATABASE_USERNAME=<username> DATABASE_PASSWORD=<password> bundle exec rspec

Please read the notes regarding these commands from the development environment setup above.

Test code coverage

If you want to generate the code coverage report for the tests, you can use the SIMPLECOV=1 environment variable in the rspec command as follows:

$ SIMPLECOV=1 bundle exec rspec

This will generate a folder named coverage in the project root which contains the code coverage report.


If you would like to see this module in your own language, you can help with its translation at Crowdin:




A component for Decidim that allows collaborative planning before the ideas go to budgeting phase.







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