Tag Archive for "motivations"

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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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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It takes two to engage

November 10, 2011 – Tim Hughes

Motivations are critical to whether citizens engage, but we need a much better understanding of how individuals' motivations are affected by their participation experiences. A strong case has been developed in recent decades for the benefits of public participation to public organisations, and a good understanding has been established of the ingredients needed for successful…

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E-petitions: the how, why and who

October 12, 2011 – Annie Quick

While much could be done to improve the process of the government's e-petition site, will petitioning ever really inspire widespread participation?  It’s been a good summer for e-petitions on both sides of the Atlantic. The UK re-launched their e-petitions site in July, with the additional commitment that any petition over 1000,000 signatures will be considered for debate in the…

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Shifting our perspective: Can participation be designed?

February 9, 2011 – Tim Hughes

Do people have the time to participate?  This question has received a significant amount of attention recently thanks to the Big Society.  But rather than drawing attention to and developing an important area for discussion, the debate seems to have descended into opposing sides shouting "Yes!" or "No!" with ever greater ferocity. The problem, I…

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