Tag Archive for "participation"


Surveying Open Government in the OECD

June 26, 2011 – Simon Burall

These documents are the result of Involve's work with the OECD to develop indicators for measuring open government. There is a growing movement to promote more openness in governments across the world. As a result there has been an increase in the number of laws devoted to giving citizens greater rights to access the documents…

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Best value statutory guidance consultation: Involve response

June 14, 2011 – Annie Quick

This document sets out Involve's response to the Government's plan to repeal the Duty to Involve. In April the government announced its plans to repeal the Duty to Involve. Given the lack of evidence about how and whether the Duty to Involve is working, we asked you, our network, to provide your own thoughts and experiences. Thank…

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AlphaGov: Engaging with citizens or consumers?

June 3, 2011 – Annie Quick

AlphaGov hopes to encourage participation by consulting with people on policy at the point where they use public services. To do this, however, they must ensure that they are engaging people as citizens, not just consumers. I want to focus on one aspect of the conversation around AlphaGov’s approach to government engagement; peoples’ dual role…

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Don’t (just) focus on citizens

June 1, 2011 – Simon Burall

Citizen consultation requires as much work inside government as it does developing ways to make it easier for citizens to engage. Last week the AlphaGov’s blog explored what the government should do online to consult, engage and involve people more openly in its work. I responded positively to this and highlighted four things that the…

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Representing the public view

May 20, 2011 – Simon Burall

“An intellect which at a certain moment would know all forces that set nature in motion, and all positions of all items of which nature is composed, if this intellect were also vast enough to submit these data to analysis, it would embrace in a single formula the movements of the largest bodies of the…

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Should the Duty to Involve be repealed?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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How to waste public funds and alienate voters

April 11, 2011 – Edward Andersson

Craig Newmark the Founder of Craigslist has a leadership principle that I subscribe to; he claims that often the most important thing an organisation can do is to ‘Get out of the way’. The Craigslist web design encapsulates this, ugly perhaps, but intensely functional. In web design it is easy for ambitious and well-meaning designers…

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