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2050 Pathways Public Dialogue
Author: Involve, Ipsos MORI and the Department for Energy and Climate Change
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) developed a series of online tools to engage the public in choices the UK has to…
A Handbook of Public and Stakeholder Engagement
Author: Andrew Acland, Dialogue by Design.
A publication by Dialogue by Design to accompany Dialogue Designer, the online engagement design system.
Armchair Involvement: Playing Cards
Author: Involve and Thinkpublic
The Armchair Involvement playing cards were designed to help engagement practitioners think critically about the types of digital to…
Armchair Involvement: Practical Technology for Improving Engagement
Author: Richard Wilson and Alice Casey
The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and Involve have been exploring how new technologies can be applied to old problems…
Building a Culture of Participation. Involving Children and Young People in Policy, Service Planning, Delivery and Ev…
Author: National Children’s Bureau (NCB) and PK Research Consultancy (PKRC)
This Handbook was researched and written by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) and PK Research Consultancy (PKRC), and is aimed at…
Building Healthy Communities: A Community Empowerment Approach
Author: Rachel Gregson and Liz Court
This guideline concerns involvement in health related issues.
Community Cohesion - An Action Guide
Author: Local Government Association
This document will be of particular interest to heads of service delivery and other practitioners.
Author: Perry Walker
"This briefing paper provides an introduction to nef's new participative method for taking shared decisions, helping people…
Author: Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Sussex and the Environment and Society Research Unit (ESRU) University College.
"This briefing describes the Deliberative Mapping approachand how it can be used to foster more productive discussionsbetween s…
Deliberative Public Engagement – Nine Principles
Author: Involve and National Consumer Council
The aim of this document is to encourage and support good quality deliberative public engagement activities.
Democs Kit: Community Empowerment Discussion Toolkit
Author: New Economics Foundation
This Democs kit was developed in association with Inspire East. It aims to help groups to work together to decide on what issues are…
DIY Toolkit: Improving Your Community — Getting Children and Young People Involved
Author: Save the Children
This guide provides tried and tested methods for encouraging young people to become actively involved in local community regeneration.
e-democracy in Bristol
Author: Kevin O’Malley, Philip Higgins, Carol Hayward, Kate Watson and Stephen Hilton of Bristol City Council’s Consultation and e-Participation Team.
This guide aims to inspire and reassure local authorities that e-participation is safe, cost-effective and important.
Making a Difference
Author: Diane Warburton, Richard Wilson and Elspeth Rainbow
This guide sets out how to evaluate public participation in central government. It is intended to help those involved in planning, o…
Manchester Community Engagement Toolkit
Author: Manchester City Council
This toolkit provides information for those considering community engagement.
Models of Community Engagement
Author: Stuart Hashagen (Scottish Community Development Centre)
"This short paper has been prepared to identify and describe the different models of community engagement in community planning…
Not Another Consultation!
Not another consultation! Making community engagement informal and fun, is a practical guide to events that combine the informality…
Participation Works: 21 Techniques of Community Participation for the 21st Century
Author: New Economics Foundation and members of the UK Community Participation Network.
"Everybody says that participation works. But what does participation really mean and what makes it really happen? This booklet…
People and Participation
This guidance sets out how to plan for participation and choose appropriate participation methods.
Portsmouth City Council Engagement Toolkit
Author: Portsmouth City Council
An infographic toolkit containing information about enagagement techniques.
Public Deliberation: A Manager’s Guide to Citizen Engagement
Author: Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer and Lars Hasselblad Torres (America Speaks)
Outlines techniques used for citizen engagement.
The Say&Play@Schools project trialled a new approach to local government consultation. This report details the findings of the trial…
The Consultation Charter
Author: Consultation Institute
This guide by the Consultation Institute outlines a code of best practice when using consultation as an engagement technique.
The Guide to Effective Participation
Author: David Wilcox
This guide is intended for community activists and professionals seeking to get other people involved in social, economic and enviro…
The Positive Deviance Approach - A Briefing
Author: Tom Devane
This briefing provides an introduction to the Positive Deviance method.
Activating Empowerment: Empowering Britain from the Bottom Up
Author: Sam McLean and Edward Andersson
This report brings together learning on the most effective approaches to user empowerment in local government service delivery. It w…
Better Together: Improving Consultation with the Third Sector
Author: Involve and Guidestar Data Services
This report explores how the relationship between the public sector and third sector has changed, and what that means for consultati…
Beyond the Ballot: 57 Democratic Innovations From Around the World
Author: Graham Smith
The aim of this study is to provide The Power Inquiry with details and assessments of democratic innovations that might increase and…
Citizen Power in Recession? The Case for Public Engagement in Local Government
Author: Simon Burall and Jonathan Carr-West
This report draws together the findings a seminar set-up to explore how the worsening economic climate would impact on the Departmen…
Co-production: A Manifesto for the Core Economy
Author: Lucie Stephens, Josh Ryan-Collins and David Boyle
"As far back as Aristotle, philosophers have understood that family and community relationships are a second economy. Environme…
Author: Karin Gavelin and Richard Wilson with Robert Doubleday
This is the report of the Nanotechnologies Engagement Group (NEG), a body convened by Involve with the support of the Office of Scie…
Engage for Change: The Results of Research Undertaken for the Sustainable Development Commission
Author: Stella Creasy, Karin Gavelin, Helen Fisher, Lucy Holmes and Maya Desai
This report explores the affects of greater citizen involvement in policy-making processes to the capacity of government to tackle c…
Everybody Needs Good Neighbours?
Author: Stella Creasy, Karin Gavelin and Dominic Potter
This report explores how local authorities and Britain’s communities can best work together towards greater cohesion. It is divided…
From Fairy Tale to Reality: Dispelling the Myths around Citizen Engagement
Author: Edward Andersson, Sam McLean, Metin Parlak, Gabrielle Melvin
Citizen engagement has become increasingly important in the last ten years, but we have barely scraped the surface of what innovativ…
Author: Edward Andersson, Jonathan Tritter and Richard Wilson (Editors)
This book contains new thinking and analysis from leading thinkers on patient and public involvement in health.
How Democratic is the UK? The 2012 Audit
Author: Wilks-Heeg, S., Blick, A., and Crone, S.
This study by the Democratic Audit of the UK assesses the quality of British Democracy in 15 sections that range from civil rights t…
Nudge, Think or Shove: Shifting Values and Attitudes Towards Sustainability
Author: Involve and DEA
The paper considers the benefits and drawbacks of ‘nudge’, ‘think’ and ‘shove’, and explores how the three approaches can complement…
Author: Stella Creasy (Editor)
Participation Nation brings together 17 leading thinkers and practitioners from government, local authorities, think tanks and NGOs…
Pathways Through Participation - What Creates and sustains Active Citizenship?
Author: Ellie Brodie, Tim Hughes, Véronique Jochum, Sarah Miller, Nick Ockenden, Diane Warburton
Pathways through Participation was a two and a half year (April 2009 – November 2011) qualitative research project, which aimed to i…
Post Party Politics
Author: Andrew Acland, Edward Andersson, Lee Bryant, Lindsey Colbourne, Ian Cook, Archon Fung, Michelle Harrison, Mike King, Charlotte Lacey, Geoff Mulgan, Anthony Perret, Perry Walker, Diane Warburton, David Wilcox and Richard Wilson
This pamphlet includes a collection of articles by leading thinkers on how participation can reconnect people and government.
Revisiting Past Participants
Author: Tim Hughes
This report summarises the findings of a small pilot project conducted for Sciencewise-ERC which aimed to develop a better understan…
Talking for a Change
Author: Edward Andersson, Simon Burall and Emily Fennell
This report sets out the need for a distributed dialogue approach to complex issues, such as climate change and the ageing society.
Author: Richard Wilson and Alice Casey
The Teleparticipation project explores how best to combine the reach of mass media and voting techniques with the deeper engagement…
The True Costs of Public Participation
This research contributed to the development of some frameworks for analysing and understanding the real costs and benefits of parti…
What the Public Say: Public Engagement in National Decision-making
Author: Simon Burall and Thea Shahrokh
The paper written by Involve on behalf of Sciencewise-ERC provides an evaluation of the experiences of citizens who have taken part…
"Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest…
Children's Participation Consultancy
"The Children’s Participation Consultancy is a creative training and participation agency."
Dialogue by Design
"Dialogue by Design, as part of the OPM Group, specialises in running public and stakeholder engagement processes using online,…
Economic and Social Research Council - Impact Toolkit
Author: Economic and Social Research Council
This toolkit prepared by the ESRC contains guidance on public engagement. It is considered particularly useful for social scientists…
Fix My Street
"FixMyStreet is a site to help people report, view, or discuss local problems they’ve found to their local council by simply lo…
International Association of Facilitators Database
"This site is intended for professional facilitators and is dedicated to online and face-to-face methods for creating, leading…
Local Innovation Awards Scheme
Author: Communities and Local Government (CLG) and the Local Government Association (LGA)
"The Local Innovation Awards Scheme (LIA Scheme) recognises, celebrates and awards partnerships that demonstrate innovative ser…
"LogoLink, the Learning Initiative on Citizen Participation and Local Governance, is a global network of practitioners from civ…
Online e-consultation Guide
Author: Queen's University Belfast, National University of Ireland and the Letterkenny Institute for Technology
"This guide has been produced as part of an E-Consultation Research Project, funded by the Higher Education Authority in Dublin…
ParticipateDB is a collaborative catalogue for online tools for participation (often referred to as tools for web-based engagement,…
Participation Works Partnership
Author: British Youth Council, Children’s Rights Alliance for England, KIDS, National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, National Youth Agency, NCB and Save the Children UK
"Participation Works is a partnership of seven national children and young people's agencies that enable organisations to e…
"Participation.net is home to the Participation Resource Centre’s online searchable database. This database contains over 5,000…
"Participedia is an open global knowledge community for researchers and practitioners in the field of democratic innovation and…
"Patient Opinion was founded in 2005 and since then has grown to be the UK's leading independent non-profit feedback platfo…
PEALS: Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences
Author: Newcastle University
"We aim to produce world class research focused on the social and ethical debates around the contemporary life sciences. Workin…
"PledgeBank is a site to help people get things done, especially things that require several people. We think that the world ne…
"Small Talk is a collaboration exploring the aspirations and concerns of scientists and the public about nanotechnologies, as w…
The Democratic Audit of the UK
"Democratic Audit is an independent research organisation which audits democracy and human rights in the UK. We have a small co…
The Information Standard
"The Information Standard is a certification scheme for all organisations producing evidence-based health and social care infor…
They Work For You
"TheyWorkForYou lets you find out what your MP, MSP or MLA is doing in your name, read debates, written answers, see what’s com…
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