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Data for Public Benefit – Report

April 26, 2018 – Simon Burall

Many claims are made about the public benefits which can be gained from sharing personal data between public service providers. However, the term ‘public benefit’ is rarely, if ever, clearly defined. In a context of significant public concern about how data is used - not least in the wake of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica…

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MH:2K Oldham report and resources

July 12, 2017 – Sarah Allan

MH:2K is our powerful new model for engaging young people in conversations about mental health in their local area. It empowers 14-25 year olds to: Identify the mental health issues that they see as most important; Engage their peers in discussing and exploring these topics; Work with key local decision-makers to make recommendations for change. From…

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Improving public services through open government

May 22, 2017 – Tim Hughes

As citizens, we rely on public services being accessible and high quality - to give us an education, keep us healthy, make our communities a safe place to be, and ensure our basic needs are met. Public services are critical to our wellbeing and life chances, and building stronger and more prosperous societies. Open government…

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Deliberative engagement and small & medium sized businesses

February 28, 2017 – Clive Mitchell

Involve was a partner in an EU-wide project in 2015/16 exploring the use of deliberative engagement to tackle complex problems in small and medium sized businesses. You can read more about the project here. The project's outputs included a short, practical guide for using deliberative engagement with small and medium sized businesses and an overall synthesis…

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Open Government: The global context and the way forward

December 12, 2016 – Tim Hughes

Involve has contributed a chapter - "The role of citizens and civil society in open government reforms" - to a new OECD book - Open Government: The global context and the way forward - launched at the 2016 Open Government Partnership global summit in Paris. The report provides an in-depth, evidence-based analysis of open government initiatives and the challenges…

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Robotics and Artificial Intelligence | Evidence to the Science and Technology Select Committee

June 6, 2016 – Harry Farmer

Involve submitted evidence to the Science and Technology Select Committee's inquiry on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. In our submission, we contend that the government's success in harnessing the potential of robotics and AI will depend to a large extent on its ability to develop policy that is sensitive to, and informed by, public concerns about these…

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UK Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18 launched!

May 13, 2016 – Tim Hughes

Yesterday (12 May 2016) saw the launch of the UK's 2016-18 open government action plan at the Prime Minister's Anti-Corruption Summit.  The plan is the product of 18 months of work by the UK Open Government Network, coordinated by Involve, and 12 months of collaboration with government to identify, develop and agree commitments. Responding to the…

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Room for a View: Democracy as a Deliberative System

October 20, 2015 – Simon Burall

If the health of UK democracy is to be improved, we need to move away from thinking about the representation of individual voters to thinking about the representation of views, perspectives and narratives. Read Room for a View here (PDF) Democratic reform comes in waves, propelled by technological, economic, political and social developments. There are…

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The public’s voice on regulation | Sciencewise

February 20, 2015 – Sonia Bussu

The purpose of regulation, as defined by the National Audit Office Report (2010), “is to provide protections and benefits to, for example, workers, consumers and the environment. However, it can also create costs for businesses, the third sector and the public sector.” A regulatory framework therefore aims to strike the right balance between the costs…

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Civic Activism Toolkit

January 23, 2015 – Tim Hughes

Civic Activism is: “…the social norms, organisations, and practices which facilitate greater citizen involvement in public policies and decisions. These include access to civic associations, participation in the media, and the means to participate in civic activities such as nonviolent demonstration or petition. Civic activism is essential in ensuring that public institutions function in an…

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