From 2012 to April 2016 Involve worked in partnership with Ricardo and the British Science Association to deliver the Sciencewise programme.

Sciencewise is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. It helps the government engage with the public on policy issues involving science and technology, providing co-funding, guidance, advice, training and mentoring on projects to bring in the public voice. Sciencewise is unique internationally for supporting public dialogue on complex policy issues from within government itself, and was selected as the UK nomination for the Open Government Awards 2014.

Involve’s responsibility lay in the areas of capacity building and embedding engagement across government. With the other partners, we were also responsible for helping to determine the strategic direction of the programme.

Our specific areas of work included:

  • Delivering capacity building, training and mentoring: Providing hands on support for those across government who want to understand and deliver dialogue and participation.
  • Citizen voice: Understanding how public input fits into the policy making process, and identifying gaps and needs for new tools. Designing and supporting effective ways of bringing citizen perspectives into key strategic decisions on the Sciencewise programme itself.

More information can be found on the Sciencewise website.


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Crowdsourcing and policy making

Blog January 19, 2016 – Simon Burall

"Abstract This paper shows how the two virtues of collective intelligence – cognitive diversity and large crowds – turn into perils in crowdsourced policymaking. That is because of a conflict between the logic of the…

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Your vote isn’t important

Blog April 24, 2015 – Simon Burall

I'm on a fortnight's writing retreat to read up on democratic theory and reflect on our work of the past 6 years. My conviction that fixating on voting reform (while important) won't miraculously lead to…

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