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:

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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.

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Partnership for Good Governance

Strengthening democracy and local governance in the Eastern Partnership Countries.

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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.

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Digital Trends, Democracy, Inequality and the EU

A report on trends in digital technology, what they might mean for democracy and inequality, and how the EU should respond.

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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.

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EU Crowdsourcing

This is a research project aiming to identifynew methods that could be adopted or created for citizens to engage digitally with the European institutions.
 

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Exploring new engagement approaches in Suffolk

Researching how Suffolk County Council can build a more collaborative relationship with the public.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Working with civil servants, academics and members of civil society to create a new kind of collaborative government in Scotland. Involving events, practical projects and innovative thinking. Project page Blogposts Twitter

An innovation hub and crowd-sourced think tank, where you can find the support, research and support to design, create and launch projects to improve democracy.

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CityCamp Brighton is a local network of people and events working to accelerate social innovation projects within the City of Brighton

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