Open Government: The global context and the way forward

December 12, 2016 – Tim Hughes

Involve has contributed a chapter - "The role of citizens and civil society in open government reforms" - to a new OECD book - Open Government: The global context and the way forward - launched at the 2016 Open Government Partnership global summit in Paris. The report provides an in-depth, evidence-based analysis of open government initiatives and the challenges…

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Robotics and Artificial Intelligence | Evidence to the Science and Technology Select Committee

June 6, 2016 – Harry Farmer

Involve submitted evidence to the Science and Technology Select Committee's inquiry on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. In our submission, we contend that the government's success in harnessing the potential of robotics and AI will depend to a large extent on its ability to develop policy that is sensitive to, and informed by, public concerns about these…

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UK Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18 launched!

May 13, 2016 – Tim Hughes

Yesterday (12 May 2016) saw the launch of the UK's 2016-18 open government action plan at the Prime Minister's Anti-Corruption Summit.  The plan is the product of 18 months of work by the UK Open Government Network, coordinated by Involve, and 12 months of collaboration with government to identify, develop and agree commitments. Responding to the…

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Room for a View: Democracy as a Deliberative System

October 20, 2015 – Simon Burall

If the health of UK democracy is to be improved, we need to move away from thinking about the representation of individual voters to thinking about the representation of views, perspectives and narratives. Read Room for a View here (PDF) Democratic reform comes in waves, propelled by technological, economic, political and social developments. There are…

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The public’s voice on regulation | Sciencewise

February 20, 2015 – Sonia Bussu

The purpose of regulation, as defined by the National Audit Office Report (2010), “is to provide protections and benefits to, for example, workers, consumers and the environment. However, it can also create costs for businesses, the third sector and the public sector.” A regulatory framework therefore aims to strike the right balance between the costs…

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Civic Activism Toolkit

January 23, 2015 – Tim Hughes

Civic Activism is: “…the social norms, organisations, and practices which facilitate greater citizen involvement in public policies and decisions. These include access to civic associations, participation in the media, and the means to participate in civic activities such as nonviolent demonstration or petition. Civic activism is essential in ensuring that public institutions function in an…

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

October 21, 2014 – Tim Hughes

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…

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Public Question Time: A briefing for party leaders

October 13, 2014 – Amy Pollard

Introduction The proposal to create space for the public to engage directly with the Prime Minister on a regular basis is very welcome – but it’s important not to get it wrong.  Providing opportunities for public engagement is not like providing healthcare or education:  even low quality healthcare or education is usually better than none…

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Public engagement, not just about the public

October 8, 2014 – Carolina Johnson

In this briefing paper for Involve, Carolina Johnson (University of Washington) makes the case that: The engagement of the public is just one aspect of effective public engagement; the commitment and support of government officials and relevant stakeholder groups are also critically important to its long-term success. Opportunities for engagement are ineffective or even harmful where…

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