[Grant Request] Understanding and Improving the Governance Participation in Merit Circle DAO


Dealing with voter fatigue and finding the right onboarding incentives are points of struggle for every DAO. The fact that DAOs do not have any information on their non-participating members makes the puzzle harder. DeepDAO believes that it is possible to understand $MC token holders down to their interest categories and activity patterns to point toward measures to improve voter participation.

We propose conducting a data-based segmentation of $MC token holders to find out the largest segments of non-voters, voters with decaying participation scores, etc. to point toward the right onboarding steps/incentives for them.

How to address this

Governance activity in different DAOs provides valuable insights into the characteristics and preferences of wallet holders. It serves as a window into their interests, motivations, and potential contributions.

For example, taking a closer look at 0xjean.eth, we observe a strong inclination towards identity products(from participation in DAOs like Proof of Humanity, Sismo, etc.) and Public Goods (from participation in DAOs like UBI DAO, Gitcoin, etc). This presents an opportunity for some other DAO 0xjean.eth is a member of to leverage this interest by introducing DAO participation badges or an initiative focused on public goods. These tangible incentives can not only recognize and reward active participants like 0xjean.eth but also serve as a magnet for other enthusiasts with similar interests, encouraging their engagement and involvement in the DAO’s decision-making processes.

Similarly, we can identify other categories of mass interest and introduce new initiatives to the DAO. For instance, if there is a substantial segment of members expressing interest in data analysis or research, establishing a dedicated research guild could be a strategic move. Having understood that the 100s of $MC token holders are looking for gig work, the DAO could open more avenues for contribution for these people.

This proposal aims to create interest and activity-based segmentation of $MC token holders so that the DAO can find methods to retain and onboard new addresses to Merit Circle DAO’s governance. Armed with this knowledge, Merit Circle DAO can optimize its governance processes, create better onboarding flows, prioritize new initiatives, and foster a more vibrant and engaged community.

Note that we aren’t directly incentivizing governance participation but trying to introduce genuine initiatives that make participation more attractive and more useful to a wider audience.


A very high-level plan of action for analyzing the 10k+ $MC token holders:

  1. Get the DAO resumes of all $MC token holders (granular activity & memberships), as aggregated by DeepDAO
  2. Based on (1): Label each address’s interest (NFTs, DeFi, Investments, Gaming, gig work, etc.) “Interest” is defined as membership or activity in a DAO category over a threshold. Label their activity on Merit Circle DAO (persistent voter, long-term dormant address, non-voter, an address that used to participate, an address that is getting less interested in participating over time, and more.)
  3. Repeat step 2 with different interest/activity categories to optimize the segmentation. We now have a well-segmented view of $MC token holders with info on how large each segment is.
  4. Label bots & vote miners: recent research by DeepDAO identified voting miners’ activity across the DAO ecosystem. We use this data to check for malicious actors.
  5. Based on DeepDAO’s domain expertise in Web3 and governance, work with Merit Circle DAO to define the right incentives/onboarding steps for each segmented group.


  1. A report with analysis of all governance participants of Merit Circle DAO and non-active $MC holders. This will answer questions like who are the primary participants, which are the largest segments of active, and inactive participants, which segments have the highest attrition/retention, etc.
  2. A CSV file with all $MC token holders and their category interests, as reflected by the DAOs they vote in.
  3. Based on (1) & (2), a brainstorming session with Merit Circle DAO to come up with an action plan to onboard inactive segments of voters. One such step could be introducing NFT badges if we discover a large number of people who are interested in NFTs or starting guilds if we discover a segment of users that are looking for gig work.


Milestone 1:

DeepDAO dives deeper into $MC holders and finalizes the optimal labels & interest categories.
Time required: 4 weeks from the start of the project

Milestone 2:

DeepDAO hands over deliverables (1), (2) & (3)
Time required: 2 weeks from Milestone 1 completion

Funding Requested

We request total funding of $15,000 with the following breakdown: 33% ($5,000) after Milestone 1 and the remaining 67% ($10,000) after Milestone 2.

About DeepDAO

DeepDAO is the #1 discovery and analytics engine for the DAO ecosystem. We aggregate, list, and analyze financial and governance data for over 12.5k DAOs and 6.9M governance token holders across different chains and governance platforms. DeepDAO is widely recognized in the ecosystem and media as the go-to source for data about DAOs.

Thank you for sharing your proposal on the governance forum. However, we kindly request you to submit your proposal through our dedicated grant system. Our grant system is specifically designed to evaluate and fund innovative projects within our community, especially those that require a smaller budget.

We appreciate your understanding and encourage you to submit your proposal through our grant system. We look forward to reviewing your application and learning more about your project.

— Merit Circle Grants

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Thanks for the reply @DAOCoreContributors ! I requested to join the grant system (the Wonderverse organization) a couple of days back but haven’t been approved yet. Could you confirm that this is indeed the right step and lmk if I need to do anything more.

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You have been granted entrance to Wonderverse kind sir, please do check again and feel free to submit your application!

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