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:

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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Open Government and the European Union

Researching how open government initiaves, particularly the Open Government Partnership have functioned in three EU countries, and how this work might be applied to an EU level.

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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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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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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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Digital Tools and 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.

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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.

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Supporting Civic Activism with Building Change Trust 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

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Open EU

The creation of a shared collaborative statement on how to open up EU institutions to a world class standard, through events and online dialogue.

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Annual festival of democracy in north Wales. Look out for tickets for #demfest17 coming soon!

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Democratic Participation in a Citizen’s Europe: What Next for the EU?

A conference to assess, explore, and develop participation in democracy in the EU.

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EU Decide

A website to help people understand what the EU does.

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Collaborative Government in Scotland

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.

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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

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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