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:
Open Government and the European Union
Strengthening democracy and local governance in the Eastern Partnership Countries
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.
Networked European Democracy
In 2018, we'll be testing a model of networked citizen engagement around the future of work and skills in towns and rural areas in Italy and Belgium.
Project page coming soon.
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
Empowered Citizens: Networked Communities
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.