Who we are

Involve are experts in public participation. We believe passionately in a democracy where citizens are able to take and influence the decisions that affect their lives.

Through both research and practice we seek to radically transform the relationship between citizens and their governments to better use the creativity, energy, knowledge, skills and resources of all.

We are currently facing complex challenges which require citizens and governments to work together to build a shared vision of a sustainable future.

Experience and research has shown that when done well, public participation can help to:

  • Identify solutions to complex problems
  • Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public spending and services
  • Promote social cohesion and social justice, and overcome conflict
  • Build the confidence and agency of individuals and communities
  • Improve well-being and reduce social problems

Since Involve was founded in 2004 we have worked closely with public organisations at a local, national and international level to transform how they engage with citizens. These include the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, the World Health Organisation, the European Commission, the OECD and numerous Local Authorities.

We have developed the case for public participation, produced practical guidance on how to engage effectively, explored innovative practices of engagement, and begun to understand how and why citizens engage. Our research covers both the practice and theory of engagement and is grounded in our work and experience.

Involve exists to support organisations, politicians and public officials to transform the way they engage with citizens. We can provide you and your organisation with:

Research – We can carry out cutting edge research on what works and what doesn’t in participation.

Design and facilitation – We can work with you to develop a constructive conversation with citizens and stakeholders.

Advice and mentoring – We can give you guidance and advice on developing participation opportunities.

Training – We can provide bespoke training so that you can confidently engage with citizens and stakeholders.

Evaluation – We can work with you to rigorously evaluate public participation processes and to create a culture of self-evaluation and learning within your organisation.


Registered Charity No – 1130568

Registered Company No – 05669443

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