The Democratic Society (Demsoc) works for more and better democracy, where people and institutions have the desire, opportunity and confidence to participate together.
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.
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 current projects include:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.