Tag Archive for "citizen-engagement"

On technocrats, the public and red herrings

July 27, 2017 – Simon Burall

The economist and BBC presenter Tim Harford wrote an article earlier in the year called, “Some things are best left to the technocrats”. I stumbled across it again today and this time I have a little time to write a response. Harford is a good writer and compelling story teller. He has a knack of…

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Data sharing: six local area partners announced

May 16, 2017 – Simon Burall

Government stores and uses personal data about citizens as part of the way it does its work. Effective use of this data means that government can deliver more effective and efficient public services to the public. However, the storage and use of, what can sometimes be, highly personal data raises concerns about both privacy and security. Our…

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Is open government going to make a difference to citizens?

May 11, 2017 – Simon Burall

Involve has been proud to coordinate the UK Open Government Civil Society Network for the last five years. We’ve contributed, alongside many other individuals and organisations, to some tangible outcomes for open government. To pick three notable examples, in the 2013-2015 Action Plan on beneficial ownership and transparency of the extractive industry, and in the…

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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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