My thesis for the Swedish master’s programme “Media and Communication Studies: Culture, Collaborative Media and Creative Industries”. The paper investigates current practices and attitudes of Swedish municipalities toward values and practices of participation and Participatory Design (PD). Through the study I hoped to see if values and practices found within PD where used and/or appreciated when reaching for overarching goals towards external municipal website audiences.

Four angles was used to structure results in relation to my research questions; (1) audiences, (2) definitions and fields, (3) value and (4) tools, techniques and mindset.

Municipal Websites and Participatory Design — a study on Swedish municipalities’ external websites