Tag Archive for "public-participation"

Aid and the Public: Learning from Open Policy Making in Science

May 17, 2013 – Simon Burall

This post summarises a new paper by Involve. The paper compares public engagement in policy involving science and technology to public engagement in aid policy. The paper concludes that DFID could significantly increase public support if it engaged British citizens differently. Further posts will explore how DFID might go about engaging citizens differently and the…

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Resetting the Aid Relationship

April 30, 2013 – Simon Burall

The aid and development sector has been a pioneer within the engagement field, developing practical and innovative methodologies such as Participatory Appraisal as well as embedding concepts such as ownership through participation as part of mainstream policy.  The focus of such activity has been in developing countries themselves. Beyond one way communication with UK taxpayers,…

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Clive Mitchell joins Involve

March 20, 2013 – Clive Mitchell

I’m thrilled and proud to be joining Involve as Programme Manager. Having worked alongside my colleagues at Involve for the last year or so as Local Government Associate, I’m really looking forward to contributing as one of the staff. A little bit about me: I’ve long been interested in citizen participation and engagement, and the…

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Developing the UK’s next open government National Action Plan

November 23, 2012 – Tim Hughes

At Involve, we're currently coordinating a network of civil society organisations in the UK which has formed around the Open Government Partnership process. See here for more details on that. Over the coming months the civil society network will be working with the Government to develop an ambitious open government National Action Plan. Starting on this coming Thursday (29…

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Transparently the wrong question

October 20, 2012 – Simon Burall

The answer to whether lobbying by business and civil society should be made transparent is an obvious yes. The real question is how to bring more voices into government.  I'm just about to start speaking at a session on Lobbyists: the new hidden persuaders at this year's Battle of Ideas. I've written this post as…

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Opportunity for open policy making?

September 7, 2012 – Tim Hughes

This post is adapted from involve’s newsletter. You can sign up to the newsletter on the homepage.  Despite all of the excitement of the Olympics and Paralympics this summer you’ve had a feeling that something’s missing. Well here it is: an update on what’s new at Involve. We have three big pieces of news to kick…

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Participants of the Future

August 13, 2012 – Metin Parlak

Much of the conversation on public participation paradoxically focuses on the supply side: the willingness of, and the opportunities presented by, decision-makers to open up. This article, written by Edward Andersson for The Future of Public Participation: Opportunities, Limits and Challenges rejects the idea that participants are a homogenous and static cohort from which civil…

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Elderly men talking

Participants of the Future

August 13, 2012 – Metin Parlak

Much of the conversation on public participation paradoxically focuses on the supply side: the willingness of, and the opportunities presented by, decision-makers to open up. This article, written by Edward Andersson for The Future of Public Participation: Opportunities, Limits and Challenges rejects the idea that participants are a homogenous and static cohort from which civil…

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They mustn’t walk alone (but they’ll try)

July 13, 2012 – Simon Burall

New research suggests that the UK needs a new constitution. However, recent rancorous exchanges around Lords reform proves that politicians won’t be able to write one alone. Only the genuine, deep, involvement of the public will help to break the deadlock. Democratic Audit* has published its fourth comprehensive Audit of UK democracy. The Audit is…

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