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Tag Archive for "local-government"

Time to build a network to transform UK democracy

November 3, 2017 – Andreas Pavlou

My name is Andreas Pavlou, and recently I started working at Involve in the newly-created position of Network Lead. Since telling my family and friends about accepting this job, I have been asked why would I leave warm and sunny Spain for cold and rainy London. Obviously, I am not here to ‘enjoy’ the weather!…

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Data sharing: six local area partners announced

May 16, 2017 – Simon Burall

Government stores and uses personal data about citizens as part of the way it does its work. Effective use of this data means that government can deliver more effective and efficient public services to the public. However, the storage and use of, what can sometimes be, highly personal data raises concerns about both privacy and security. Our…

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Help us find inspiring examples of open local government

April 27, 2017 – Tim Hughes

Involve is working with the Council of Europe to develop a report on open local government. We are looking for inspirational examples of local governments embedding open government initiatives and reforms, and are particularly interested in case studies from Council of Europe member states. The report will be structured around a simple framework based on the different…

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Government data and public benefit

January 25, 2017 – Simon Burall

We are delighted to announce a major new partnership between the Carnegie UK Trust and Involve. We will be working together in three local authority areas to build a better understanding of how different groups (government, civil society and advocacy groups) make sense of, and balance, the trade-offs inherent in data sharing, specifically between public…

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Can more public participation fix our broken democracy?

October 26, 2016 – Simon Burall

I’m fortunate to be attending the two week long Open State Festival in Adelaide, South Australia. There are over 60 events covering the future of leadership, of cities, money, technology and democracy. I’m speaking and participating; it’s been both exciting and really challenging to my thinking. In this blog post I thought I’d digest part…

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Don’t forget public in devolution rush

August 12, 2015 – Simon Burall

Simon wrote for the MJ on involving the public on decision-making around devolution.   The timetable set by George Osborne in his Budget for the first wave of councils to secure devolution is incredibly tight. This raises the real risk that the public will be forgotten in the rush to reach agreement. However, if the…

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Talking about infrastructure

July 30, 2015 – Clive Mitchell

The week before last I was at a fascinating workshop on judgement and uncertainty in planning for nationally significant wind energy infrastructure, co-hosted by the UCL Centre for Law and the Environment and Natural England. It prompted me to reflect on the forms of evidence and information that get ‘let into’ and influence the planning…

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Do the main parties REALLY want to share power?

April 17, 2015 – Simon Burall

The two main party manifestos contain a number of immediate headline grabbers such as the budget responsibility lock and the state pension triple lock. But what do their sales pitches tell us about how much control the two parties want to share with the citizens who will vote them in? The mood music is good.…

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Support the development of an Open Local Government Partnership | Open Government Manifesto

February 23, 2015 – Tim Hughes

I've added the idea of establishing an Open Local Government Partnership to the Open Government Manifesto. The Open Government Partnership has been successful at increasing the profile and support for open government across national level governments. I argue that this experience can be learnt from and built on to develop and spread open government at…

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