What we do

Involve is embarking on implementing an ambitious new strategy to change the way democracy is practiced in the UK to make it more more open, participatory and deliberative.

Under this new strategy, our work spans three areas:

1. Agenda-setting

We are responding to the current political context and setting-out a vision for an open, participatory and deliberative democracy, and how to get there.

  • Vision – We are building a vision for what a “democracy that works for everyone” would look like in practice and how it will solve 21st century challenges.
  • Policy – We identify appropriate policy asks for decision makers, including small goals on a pathway to greater change and systemic transformations.
  • Innovation – We identify the innovations in practice most likely to effect and spread change, providing new ideas for other advocates and practitioners.

2. Coalition-building

We are building, supporting and coordinating broad, unexpected and powerful coalitions of allies to shape and advocate for a new vision for democracy.

  • Advocacy – We are building a broad coalition of advocates from civil society, political institutions, the media, and beyond to apply pressure for change.
  • Expert – We are building our links with academics to share our learning and ensure our advocacy and practice is always rooted in the latest evidence.
  • Practice – We are supporting practitioners of participation, facilitating collective action and joining up initiatives, resources and expertise.

3. Participation practice

We support and undertake world class public participation practice and research, particularly where it can be used to build the case and pressure for wider change.

  • Demonstrating efficacy – We use demonstration projects to show the efficacy of public participation, particularly on the key challenges facing society.
  • Sharing expertise – We are building widespread understanding of good participatory practice.
  • Supporting change – We support the planning, design, delivery and evaluation of effective participatory processes, mechanisms and strategies.