Catching the Wave. The State of Local Authority Innovation in the UK

Commissioned by NESTA and based on applications to the Creative Councils programme, Catching The Wave provides a window into local authority innovation in England and Wales in the Summer of 2011.

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Civic Limits: How much more involved can people get?

Civic Limits seeks to provide some definition to the big society debate by exploring the best available data on the state of civic life in Britain, and describing what in practical terms is required to get more people involved.

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People & Participation: How to put citizens at the heart of decision-making

This report explores the issues facing participatory practice in Britain today, outlining in particular the challenges and opportunities of introducing participatory approaches into our institutions and organisations.

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International Comparison of Public Dialogue on Science and Technology

This report examines the practice of national-level public dialogue on science and technology in eight leading countries including the UK, and compares these countries across certain key features in public dialogue and engagement.

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Healthy Democracy: The future of involvement in health and social care

This book explores the future of public involvement in health and social care, with the aim of fostering a more durable and effective environment for involvement.

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Making A Difference: A guide to evaluating public participation in central government

This guide to evaluating public participation is intended to help those involved in planning, organising or funding such activities to understand the different factors involved in creating effective public participation.

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Democratic Technologies: The final report of the Nanotechnology Engagement Group (NEG)

This report follows a group of pioneering projects which explore how we might ensure that future developments in nanotechnology are governed in the interests of the many, not the few.

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Deliberative Involvement: Nine Principles

This document aims to encourage and support good quality deliberative public engagement activities, so that these can help to create better public services, promote social cohesion and foster a thriving democracy.

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Open Government Report

A paper produced by Involve for the OECD, introducing new indicators for measuring government openness.

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Post Party Politics: Can participation reconnect people and government?

This pamphlet takes a look at the current crisis of legitimacy in Britain’s political system, and explores how a process of reconnecting people and government might be achieved.

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