Published on March 9, 2016

We trained 560+ policymakers about dialogue; but what did we learn?

Citizens & science Sciencewise

By Josephine Suherman-Bailey

Josephine is a Policy Analyst at Involve. She supports Involve's work on the UK Open Government Partnership civil society network and Sciencewise. She is especially interested in opening up decision-making to those who might otherwise struggle to be heard by policy-makers.

It’s been just over a year since Sciencewise began working to embed its capacity building and training programme for policymakers across the Civil Service. Since then, we’ve expanded our offer – delivering extended sessions and half day sessions on dialogue, as well as developing bespoke materials for specific cross-departmental issues of interest; such as the public’s voice on data. We’ve also adapted the way that people can participate – running ad hoc events, webinars and workshops where we felt they had potential for a wider or better reach.

A year on, it feels like a good time to take stock of the Sciencewise capacity building programme to reflect on its achievements and most importantly to crystallise some of the wider lessons we learned from it.

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