Help us find inspiring examples of open local government

April 27, 2017 – Tim Hughes

Involve is working with the Council of Europe to develop a report on open local government. We are looking for inspirational examples of local governments embedding open government initiatives and reforms, and are particularly interested in case studies from Council of Europe member states. The report will be structured around a simple framework based on the different…

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Democracy Day: 4 key takeaways

April 10, 2017 – Megan Raybould

A fortnight ago I attended Building Change Trust’s Democracy Day, as part of the Imagine Festival. The event showcased 8 civic activism projects run by civil society organisations in Northern Ireland – and mentored by Involve and The Democratic Society – that have used a variety of creative and innovative engagement methods. It also marked…

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Calling local areas: do you want to host our project on youth mental health?

March 23, 2017 – Sarah Allan

Involve and our project partner, Leaders Unlocked, are looking for four local areas in England, Wales or Scotland to participate in our project on youth mental health, MH:2K. Why get involved? MH:2K aims to provide decision-makers with vital information about how to improve local mental health prevention, support and services. It works by connecting decision-makers with local…

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Relaunching Sciencewise

March 3, 2017 – Simon Burall

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…

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Highlights from #Reframe2

February 24, 2017 – Megan Raybould

Our Reframe series provides a space for facilitators to come together to develop a response to the Brexit vote and its aftermath. On the 22nd of February we held the second event in this series which focused on planning actions. It was a really productive and interesting day, here are some of the highlights: [View…

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Democracy Day @ Imagine!

February 16, 2017 – Tim Hughes

As part of the Northern Ireland Civic Activism programme, we are supporting The Building Change Trust's Democracy Day - a day long programme of events at the Belfast Imagine Festival on democracy in Northern Ireland. When: 24th March 2017 Where: The MAC, 10 Exchange Street, Belfast, BT1 2LS Register: via Eventbrite   Democracy Day We are living in turbulent times for…

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Introducing the Open Government Partnership’s new Participation and Co-creation Standards

February 10, 2017 – Tim Hughes

Over the past year, Involve has been working with the Open Government Partnership to develop new Participation and Co-Creation Standards. From this point forward, these will be used by all OGP countries when developing, implementing and monitoring open government action plans. In the post below - written with Paul Maassen from the OGP and first published on the…

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Hello from Involve’s new Team Coordinator

February 1, 2017 – Megan Raybould

I started working at Involve in a post-EU referendum world, one week after Trump won the American election. I’m entering into the field of public participation at a hectic time – a time of uncertain and shifting ground. My MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation emphasised the need for a politics that is intersectional: politics…

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