Published on July 6, 2012

Revisiting past participants

Sciencewise

By Tim Hughes

Tim is Involve's director. He has led campaigns and advocacy on open government; advised national, devolved and local governments, civil society organisations and multilateral institutions; and researched and written on topics including public participation, open government, democratic reform, civil society advocacy and public administration.

This report summarises the findings of a small pilot project conducted for Sciencewise-ERC which aimed to develop a better understanding of whether and how public dialogues (and public participation more broadly) affect people’s motivations to participate in future. The project set out to explore two questions:

  • What would the likely response rate be when re-contacting past participants after some  years?
  • What are the longer term impacts of participating in a public dialogue? Specifically, how does an individuals’ experience affect their willingness to participate in public policy and decision making in future?

This short report summarises the pilot project, carried out with past participants of several Sciencewise-ERC funded dialogue projects. It concludes with some lessons for working with public participants in future dialogue projects and some thoughts about future research in this area.

View the report: Revisiting Past Participants

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