By Sarah Allan
Director of Climate Programmes
There is a growing interest across the UK in using deliberative engagement to enhance the quality of our democracy. In many areas of the country, however, the practice is still relatively new. To help build the capacity of the public sector and civil society in Northern Ireland to appreciate the potential of deliberative engagement practices and be able to identify opportunities for this within their own work, Involve will be running a series of free training events in September and October 2018.
These have been funded by the Building Change Trust and the Northern Ireland Open Government Network and are open to people working in government and public administration, and civil society groups working to enhance democratic participation in Northern Ireland.
The training will introduce participants to the concepts, principles and practices of deliberative public engagement and its relationship to other forms of engagement. It will focus on how to design successful deliberative engagement processes, the different methods and tools that can be applied, and practically how to plan and facilitate a deliberative process.
Expected outcomes for participants:
The training is offered in two parts:
As places are limited, and demand is expected to be high, we are currently seeking expressions of interest in participating to ensure a diverse range of groups and organisations are able to take up these opportunities.