We are delighted to announce that we have been selected by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to run the Sciencewise programme for the next two years, until April 2019.
Over the 11 years of its existence, Sciencewise has positioned the UK as the world leader in engaging publics, scientists and stakeholders in policymaking relating to scientific and technology innovation. Sciencewise aims to improve the effectiveness of policymaking by strengthening the evidence on public perspectives and values about scientific and technological innovation. It does this by providing financial support and specialist advice on dialogue good practice to Government departments.
This next phase of Sciencewise will build on this success. It will support the delivery of Government priorities, such as the new Industrial Strategy, by strengthening evidence about public views on emerging science and technology applications.
A core new feature of this phase of the Sciencewise programme is that dialogue projects and their evaluation will now be commissioned through a framework contract coordinated by BEIS. This will significantly reduce the length of time it takes to develop and commission dialogue projects and enable Sciencewise to be much more responsive to the needs of policy makers and the policy process.
BEIS will also have a much greater role in managing the programme overall and in supporting government departments to identify potential dialogue projects.
Involve’s role within the programme will be to:
While the programme is led by Involve, we are supported by a wider team of some of the most respected dialogue practitioners in the country. Our core team consists of:
The Sciencewise DES network will continue to support government departments to commission and deliver world class dialogue projects. The network consists of:
It has been nearly a full year between the end of the last phase of the Sciencewise programme and the start of this one. We are in the process of re-establishing communication channels, updating the Sciencewise website (which will be moving onto gov.uk) and reinvigorating the extensive Sciencewise network of supporters inside and outside government. The immediate programme priorities will be to support the BEIS team to identify opportunities for public dialogue projects. We will keep those interested in Sciencewise updated through this blog.
If you are interested in exploring the opportunities for commissioning a public dialogue project, or would just like more information about Sciencewise, please contact Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org or the BEIS team at Sciencewise@beis.gov.uk.