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Pathways through Participation

November 30, 2011 – Tim Hughes

Pathways through Participation was a two and a half year (April 2009 - November 2011) qualitative research project, which aimed to improve our understanding of how and why people participate, how their involvement changes over time, and what pathways, if any, exist between different activities.

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How to build voluntary sector support infrastructure?

September 16, 2011 – Thea Shahrokh

Over the past 10 months I have been working to promote the quality, strength and value of volunteering in Guyana. One of the objectives for this work has been to create an enabling environment within which to build a central support infrastructure for the voluntary sector. Countries with independent and cohesive civil societies often have…

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The bitesize Pathways through Participation report

September 13, 2011 – Simon Burall

The Pathways through Participation report was published today. Is it possible to boil down over two years of research and hundreds of hours of interviews into one finding?  It's important to be wary about boiling research findings down too much. Oversimplification can hide and confuse much more than it illuminates. For a project the size…

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Evaluating the Big Society will destroy it

September 1, 2011 – Simon Burall

With so much public money being spent on the Big Society, the government is going to be under pressure to demonstrate that this is money well spent. However, centrally planned and implemented evaluations will act against the development of authentic, self-reliant community groups. How can government resolve this tension? The Big Society is an important…

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Developing an infrastructure for citizen engagement

August 31, 2011 – Simon Burall

This blog is featured from Involve's newsletter. Sign up for the newsletter on our homepage. The relationship between government and citizens is changing radically. The government needs to start developing better infrastructures for citizen participation and move away from one-off policy engagement processes. In the slower month of August I’ve been reflecting on the work…

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Is a public inquiry into the riots a good thing?

August 25, 2011 – Simon Burall

  Holding a public inquiry into the causes of the riots in August may or may not be a good thing; it all depends on whether the government articulates a clear, focused purpose and develops an effective mechanism for communities to hold the inquiry and itself to account. Ed Miliband led the calls for a…

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Is a public inquiry into the riots a good thing?

August 25, 2011 – Simon Burall

  Holding a public inquiry into the causes of the riots in August may or may not be a good thing; it all depends on whether the government articulates a clear, focused purpose and develops an effective mechanism for communities to hold the inquiry and itself to account. Ed Miliband led the calls for a…

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My two cents on the duty

April 18, 2011 – Tim Hughes

Confirmation of the Government’s intention to repeal the Duty to Involve, tucked away in the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Best Value statutory guidance consultation, has led to a flurry of debate within Involve and beyond over its merits. My colleague Edward Andersson wrote a post last week laying out some of the weaknesses…

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Should the Duty to Involve be repealed?

April 15, 2011 – Edward Andersson

CLG’s new Best Value statutory guidance consultation proposes to repeal two statutory duties on local authorities: the Duty to Involve, and the duty to prepare a sustainable community strategy. This isn‘t a bolt from the blue; a letter from Grant Shapps, Minister for Housing and Local Government last year signalled the government’s intent to repeal…

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