Tag Archive for "citizen-engagement"

Government data and public benefit

January 25, 2017 – Simon Burall

We are delighted to announce a major new partnership between the Carnegie UK Trust and Involve. We will be working together in three local authority areas to build a better understanding of how different groups (government, civil society and advocacy groups) make sense of, and balance, the trade-offs inherent in data sharing, specifically between public…

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Democracy: it’s complicated

November 4, 2016 – Simon Burall

Following the High Court ruling that Parliament must vote on triggering Article 50, the newspapers are full of competing descriptions of democracy. At its simplest level, this appears to be a debate about where the decision lies, with citizens through the ballot box, or vested in the democratically elected Parliament. On the Leave side, the…

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We are recruiting for a new Team Coordinator

Published: October 14, 2016

Vacancy: Team Coordinator Pay: £20,000 Hours: Full time – 35 hours a week  Start Date: As soon as possible Location: London This is a temporary position for six months, extension dependent on delivery and fundraising.   Do you care about democracy? We are looking to recruit a Team Coordinator to support our small team. The successful candidate will…

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A tactical retreat?

October 4, 2016 – Simon Burall

Our democracy is a complex system of institutions making decisions that affect the lives of citizens in obvious and less obvious ways. It consists of institutions at every level, from the very local parish council, through local authorities, the network of organisations delivering services, Parliament and the Government in Whitehall, all the way through to…

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Why engage the public just after they’ve voted?

September 7, 2016 – Simon Burall

The total cost of the EU referendum, according to the BBC, was £142m. And all commentators and politicians appear to agree that the question has been definitively answered, “Brexit means Brexit”. On this basis some would find it hard to justify spending more time and money reaching out to the public to engage them in…

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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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Sharing patient records: what do citizens say?

May 19, 2016 – Sophie Blake

Patient records contain sensitive personal information, but they can also provide valuable insight to people who are working to improve healthcare provision. Deciding who should be able to access patient records and how is inevitably a complex issue and one that health authorities have been grappling with for a while. It won’t be a big…

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Science, Society and Engagement – an e-anthology

May 6, 2016 – Simon Burall

Science, Society and Engagement is an e-anthology published by Involve to capture learning from the Engage2020[i] project on public engagement in research and technological innovation across Europe. There is a growing acceptance worldwide that engaging citizens in dialogue about issues that affect them improves the quality, legitimacy and sustainability of policy and decision making.  In response…

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Boaty McBoatface vs. a beach towel

March 29, 2016 – Sophie Blake

There have been two cautionary tales in the news recently  for anyone thinking about opening a key decision up to the public. One that speaks of the perils of too much control over a process, and one of too little. Following a national referendum, New Zealanders have voted to keep their current flag rather than…

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