Published on October 21, 2014

Whitehall’s capacity to address future challenges | Evidence to Public Administration Select Committee

By Tim Hughes

Tim is director of Involve. He took over leadership of the organisation in January 2017, having previously led Involve’s open government programme and the UK Open Government Network (OGN).

Downing Street / Whitehall

Involve submitted evidence to the Public Administration Select Committee’s inquiry on “Whitehall’s capacity to address future challenges”.

In our submission we make the case that it will be essential to involve citizens and other stakeholders in identifying and meeting societal challenges, but that the civil service is not yet well prepared for the open and collaborative ways of working that this will entail.

Many of the challenges the UK faces will require difficult trade-­offs to be made and concerted effort from different societal actors to address them. Involving citizens and stakeholders will be necessary to not only identify publicly acceptable courses of action, but also to engage citizens and stakeholders in collaboratively addressing the challenges.

Download our evidence: Whitehall’s capacity to address future challenges


Picture credit: Downing Street / Whitehall, natalie

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