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Tag Archive for "embedding-public-engagement-in-government"

Big questions require bold answers – introducing a plan for engaging the public in gene editing

March 23, 2018 – Tim Hughes

From human enhancement to the eradication of diseases, and many other possible applications besides, the science of gene editing will fundamentally affect both how we live and die in the future. It raises some profound social and moral questions that must be grappled with by scientists, policy makers and the public alike. These questions cannot…

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Relaunching Sciencewise

March 3, 2017 – Simon Burall

We are delighted to announce that we have been selected by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to run the Sciencewise programme for the next two years, until April 2019. Over the 11 years of its existence, Sciencewise has positioned the UK as the world leader in engaging publics, scientists and stakeholders…

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Engage the public for a post-Trump reality check

November 14, 2016 – Amy Pollard

The old certainties are gone.  With Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States, against the grain of commentariat expectation and polling predictions, decision-makers and political experts have had their assumptions questioned as never before. Trump’s election, the shock of the Brexit vote and the surprise of the Conservative victory in the May 2015…

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Deliberation as compromise or sell-out?

October 23, 2015 – Simon Burall

Graham Smith of Westminster University’s Centre for the Study of Democracy gave me the space to think and the source material which stimulated my thinking as I wrote Room for a View. In his blog post responding to its publication, he highlights a significant tension contained within my analysis: “I worry that some deliberative theorists…

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Bored in purdah? Here’s some reading

April 17, 2015 – Amy Pollard

Purdah is in full swing. For those who are unfamiliar, this is the period before an election when civil servants are prevented from doing anything that might favour one political party or another - and it makes for unusual lull in the normal cacophony of Whitehall announcements. A very broad range of activities are off…

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Announcing the design of NHS Citizen

April 14, 2015 – Emily Graham

The NHS Citizen project team has now published the design for NHS Citizen on a new microsite. For the last year and a half, the project team has been working on developing and designing NHS Citizen – commissioned by NHS England to develop a blueprint for how citizens can play a more active role in…

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How about an appraisal objective on open government?

March 24, 2015 – Amy Pollard

Are you aiming at the right target? It’s appraisal season in the civil service, and reciprocal 360 reviews are crossing in and out of Whitehall.  We’ve been encouraged to see several requests for these cross our desks at Involve. It’s easy to talk in vague terms about partnerships between government and civil society, but incorporating…

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Is understanding the main barrier to engagement?

March 16, 2015 – Simon Burall

The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement has released the results of their website poll exploring what barriers individual researchers identify as stopping them engaging the public in their research. The accompanying blog post notes that nearly 30% of researchers point to lack of understanding about how to do engagement well as the main barrier. I find this…

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