Josephine Suherman-Bailey

Policy Analyst

Josephine is a Policy Analyst at Involve. She is especially interested in using participatory methods to empower and engage disenfranchised groups to have a voice in policy-making. Josephine works on the Open Government Partnership and supports the coordination of the UK Open Government Partnership civil society network. She also works on policy related to data for the Sciencewise project, and coordinates Involve’s communications strategy.

Josephine joined Involve in September 2014 from LGiU, the local democracy think tank and charity, where she worked on research relating to housing, adult social care and traffic enforcement, and supported LGiU’s public affairs programme. Josephine has also worked for an education charity supporting their outreach work, and at a market research agency. Josephine graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Politics.

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Blog posts

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

March 9, 2016

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…

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Democratic Participation in a Citizen’s Europe: What Next for the EU? – School of Law and Social Justice – University of Liverpool

March 9, 2016

A collaborative conference bringing practitioner experience and academic research together to assess, discover and develop citizen involvement in EU public policy. Thursday, 5 May 2016 University of Liverpool Foresight Centre – Liverpool, England As the European Union faces multiple crises, this timely event will explore current challenges and future opportunities for enhancing the participation of…

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What is the State of Democracy in Northern Ireland?

Date: 14 Mar 2016

Involve is facilitating a session at the Imagine Festival in Belfast on Monday 14th March, as part of the Building Change Trust's Civic Activism series. Imagine is a festival of ideas & politics over 14-20 March. The festival is run by a team of volunteers keen to promote debate on the big issues of our time. The event will look…

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Newsletter November 2015: Involve opens a Scottish office. Meet our new Engagement Lead for Scotland, Kaela

November 27, 2015

In this newsletter... Involve opens a Scottish office: Kaela Scott joins Involve as our Engagement Lead for Scotland Room for a View: Involve's recent report analysing the health of UK democracy Designing Public Policy for Co-Production: Involve's Simon and Tim contribute to new book Open Government Partnership Summit in Mexico City: News and articles from…

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Thoughts from the Democracy Matters Citizens’ Assembly

November 24, 2015

For those of us hoping that devolution will bring power closer to people, the distinct lack of citizen engagement around the deals is worrying. The timetable set by George Osborne in his Budget for the first wave of councils to secure devolution is incredibly tight, and as Involve’s director Simon has written, “This raises the…

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Involve’s ‘Room for a View’ is an exciting contribution to the debate on the shape of democracy’s future : Democratic Audit UK

November 10, 2015

Temi Ogunye, Citizens Advice, blogged for Democratic Audit in response to the launch of Involve’s new report, Room for a View, by our director Simon Burall. We’ve cross posted the blog from the Democratic Audit site below.   Simon Burall’s Room for a View, is an important and timely contribution to the on-going debate on democratic reform and renewal in the UK. He…

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Involve’s ‘Room for a View’ is an exciting contribution to the debate on the shape of democracy’s future : Democratic Audit UK

November 10, 2015

Ed Hammond, Head of Programmes (Local Accountability), The Centre for Public Scrutiny blogged for Democratic Audit in response to the launch of Involve’s new report, Room for a View, by our director Simon Burall. We’ve cross posted the blog from the Democratic Audit site below.   Looking at democracy as it works in local government, traditional representative models have brought us a long way…

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Northern Ireland desperately needs a deliberative model to prevent it becoming a dictatorship of electoral democracy : Democratic Audit UK

November 4, 2015

Paul Braithwaite of the Building Change Trust blogged for Democratic Audit in response to the launch of Involve’s new report, Room for a View, by our director Simon Burall. We’ve cross posted the blog from the Democratic Audit site below. “Every party sees every issue as a political opportunity. There is this obsession with electoral politics alone. Electoral democracy has actually become anti-democracy.…

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