Published on October 21, 2014

Whitehall’s capacity to address future challenges | Evidence to Public Administration Select Committee

By Tim Hughes

Tim is Involve's incoming director, taking over from 21st January 2017. Tim 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.

Downing Street / Whitehall

Involve submitted evidence to the Public Administration Select Committee’s inquiry on “Whitehall’s capacity to address future challenges”.

In our submission we make the case that it will be essential to involve citizens and other stakeholders in identifying and meeting societal challenges, but that the civil service is not yet well prepared for the open and collaborative ways of working that this will entail.

Many of the challenges the UK faces will require difficult trade-­offs to be made and concerted effort from different societal actors to address them. Involving citizens and stakeholders will be necessary to not only identify publicly acceptable courses of action, but also to engage citizens and stakeholders in collaboratively addressing the challenges.

Download our evidence: Whitehall’s capacity to address future challenges


Picture credit: Downing Street / Whitehall, natalie

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