Sciencewise

Involve, working with a wider team of some of the most respected dialogue practitioners in the country, has been commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to support the delivery and development of the Sciencewise programme for the next two years, until April 2019.

Over the 11 or so 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 wanting to engage the public on emerging science and technology policies and applications.

Involve’s role within the programme will be to:

  • Provide independent external assurance to ensure that all dialogues that are commissioned through the programme meet the Sciencewise principles;
  • Provide support to government departments commissioning public dialogues by further developing and strengthening the existing, and highly valued, Dialogue and Engagement Specialist (DES) network;
  • Lead on the development of innovative public engagement tools to deliver public dialogue more effectively and efficiently;
  • Building the capacity of government officials to commission and deliver high-quality public dialogue projects that impact effectively on policy;
  • Build on the existing resource library of case studies and lessons learnt to support a wider understanding within government about the role that public dialogue can play in effective policy making; and
  • Developing a light-touch evaluation framework to integrate ongoing learning into the development of the Programme.

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 simon@involve.org.uk or the BEIS team at Sciencewise@beis.gov.uk.

 

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