The Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit: how did it work?

October 2, 2017 – Sarah Allan

Yesterday saw the finale of the Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit (CAB) and the announcement of its results. By its end, fifty members of the public – broadly representative of the UK population in terms of age, sex, ethnicity, social class, where they lived, and how they voted in last year’s referendum – had spent around twenty-eight…

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Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit: results and initial reflections

October 2, 2017 – Alan Renwick

The Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit reached its climax yesterday. After two weekends of intense deliberation, the members voted on a range of options for the form they want Brexit to take in relation to trade and immigration. Their conclusions will surprise some, and they deserve detailed attention from politicians and commentators. Assembly Director Alan Renwick…

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UK voters want soft Brexit – Statement from the Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit

October 1, 2017 – Tim Hughes

Statement from the Citizens' Assembly on Brexit, for immediate release: 1st October 2017. A representative body of UK citizens today sent politicians a clear message in favour of a ‘soft’ Brexit. Faced with the range of possible outcomes, they chose to retain free movement of labour, but with the UK government exercising all available controls…

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Apply to be part of MH:2K: opportunity for young people

September 15, 2017 – Sarah Allan

Are you 14-25 years old and living in Birmingham or North Tyneside (including Wallsend, Howdon, North Shields, Whitley Bay, Longbenton, Killingworth)? Do you work with young people in these areas? We’re looking for young people to become Citizen Researchers on our youth mental health project MH:2K. As a Citizen Researcher you will: Join a new…

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MH:2K is expanding! Four more areas adopt our youth-led approach to tackling mental ill-health

September 12, 2017 – Sarah Allan

We are delighted to announce that our youth mental health project, MH:2K, is expanding to four more areas from this September. The areas are Birmingham, Central Lancashire, North Tyneside, and Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. We also want to say a big welcome to the project’s new National Advisory Panel. Made up of representatives from leading decision-making,…

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Announcing the MH:2K National Advisory Panel

September 12, 2017 – Sarah Allan

As our youth-led mental health project 'MH:2K' expands to four more areas, we want to say a big welcome to its new National Advisory Panel. Its members are, in alphabetical order: Professor Kathryn Abel, NIHR National Specialty Lead for Mental Health Polly Ashmore and Sally Milne, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Team, NHS England Cassandra Cameron,…

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Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit: reflections on the first weekend

September 11, 2017 – Alan Renwick

Involve is leading the design and facilitation of the Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit, which met this past weekend to begin its deliberation. Here, the project’s director - Alan Renwick, deputy director of the Constitution Unit - offers some initial, personal reflections on a highly successful first weekend. The Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit has just completed its first weekend of…

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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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There’s benefits in talking about data sharing

July 17, 2017 – Kaela Scott

Over the past 3 weeks Involve has led a series of 6 workshops, in diverse range of local authority areas across England, exploring how professionals from the public and voluntary sectors understand the ‘public benefits’ of data sharing for the purpose of delivering public services. Previous public engagement work has tended to suggest that people…

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