As a non-profit organisation working for greater participation and dialogue in democracy, we are independent, non-partisan and politically non-aligned. Who are we?
Our clients have included the Government Digital Service, the Cabinet Office, various institutions of the European Union, NHS England, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Scottish Government.
Our current projects include:
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Governance Review
Researching and writing a report detailing recommendations for Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council about improving resident engagement as part of decision-making processes.
Open Government and the European Union
Researching what initiatives are happening across the EU institutions to open up this level of government. And how these can be better supported and linked up.
Exploring innovative engagement methods for housing associations and beyond
Exploring how a major provider of social housing, care and other services can improve how they engage with customers and enable customers to shape their services.
Digital Tools for Participatory Budgeting in Scotland
The Scottish Government commissioned Demsoc to conduct a research project into the use of digital tools to support Participatory Budgeting (PB), in the context of the requirements of local councils.
Strengthening democracy and local governance in the Eastern Partnership Countries
We're working with the Council of Europe on a thematic programme strengthening institutional frameworks for local governance for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
Supporting civic activism in Northern Ireland
Working with civil society and communities to build democratic participation and openness in Northern Ireland, informed by best practice from our work in the UK, and drawing on international expertise.
More information about the projects we are mentoring in Northern Ireland can be found here: Civic Activism Programme.
Open Government Partnership
The Democratic Society are excited to be the lead on the Civic Participation strand of the UK Governments commitments for the 2016 National Action Plan developed as part of the Open Government Partnership.
Empowered Citizens: Networked Communities
Empowered Citizens: Networked Communities is a project that seeks to increase the involvement of people and communities in Coventry at a neighbourhood level and through social networks.
Public Participation in Decision Making
Demsoc designed and facilitated an event focusing on public participation in public body decision-making. A wide range of people from Scottish public bodies and civil society attended and worked to produce a list of suggestions and tangible actions to assist the development of Scottish Government policy. The draft report from the event is now available on the project page.