Tag Archive for "governance"

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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Talking about infrastructure

July 30, 2015 – Clive Mitchell

The week before last I was at a fascinating workshop on judgement and uncertainty in planning for nationally significant wind energy infrastructure, co-hosted by the UCL Centre for Law and the Environment and Natural England. It prompted me to reflect on the forms of evidence and information that get ‘let into’ and influence the planning…

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Is understanding the main barrier to engagement?

March 16, 2015 – Simon Burall

The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement has released the results of their website poll exploring what barriers individual researchers identify as stopping them engaging the public in their research. The accompanying blog post notes that nearly 30% of researchers point to lack of understanding about how to do engagement well as the main barrier. I find this…

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Participation Lab: A mad pre-Christmas idea?

December 10, 2014 – Simon Burall

Coming back to your RSS feeds after a long time is a bit like seeing an old friend after too long: it can take a bit of time to get going, but there are so many interesting things to catch-up on; so much fun to be had. I managed a partial catch-up last night and came across…

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Citizen engagement and the NHS: time to move from many deliberative forums to one deliberative system? NHS Citizen could be the answer.

April 23, 2014 – Sonia Bussu

One idea of how NHS Citizen could be the missing link between isolated deliberative forums with little impact and a revolutionary deliberative system. I’ve been working on NHS Citizen for Involve for just over a month. As I become more and more immersed in the design of the Assembly Meeting (a truly exciting challenge for…

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How to keep public engagement open and innovative?

March 10, 2014 – Carolina Johnson

I spend a lot of time talking to community members as part of my PhD research on participatory budgeting.  One comment I hear commonly in these conversations, especially in cities taking more risks or being a bit more ambitious in their approach to public engagement, is something along the lines of “I can’t believe the…

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How can open data make government more accountable and democratic? Our evidence to PASC

October 10, 2013 – Tim Hughes

The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) have published our written evidence to its inquiry into 'Statistics and open data'. Our evidence scrutinises the link between open data, and transparency, accountability and democracy, based on our research and understanding of participation and governance. Specifically, we argue that if open data is to support enhanced accountability and democracy,…

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NHS democracy: some ideas

July 12, 2013 – Simon Burall

This post was written by Anthony Zacharzewski from Demsoc with help from Simon Burall. It first appeared on Demsoc's site. Budget pressure on the NHS, and in particular the need to save money and increase quality by closing and merging hospital services, makes the need for better democratic accountability in the NHS even more pressing. Sir David…

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Pile of newspapers

Where is the public in the debate about public interest

November 28, 2012 – Simon Burall

The public is missing from all the debate about how the press should be regulated.  I'm loath to add to the reams of paper and bucket loads of electronic bytes which have been spent on the forthcoming report from the Leveson Inquiry about regulation of the press, but I'm going to. The options, as presented by…

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