How do you pick relevant evidence for your policy?

Here’s an older post from the LSE, which struck a chord with something I’m mulling over at the moment. What is evidence-based policy making without some selection of the evidence you use. By extension – not in the LSE article – are some open policy making contributions more relevant than others? [Evidence-based policy starts] by […]

The Open Office: a drop-in centre for neighbourhood planning

Here’s a great idea reported in the Guardian. The physicality of local planning makes local workshops easy to arrange – could you have a central Government policy equivalent? A new project at London’s Architecture Foundation, masterminded by young architecture practice We Made That, aims to tackle this problem and put the workings of localism on […]

Constructive internet dialogue, is it possible?

Years ago I read an article in New Scientist about road rage. A psychologist said part of the problem was people in cars are depersonalised. You don’t think of the other driver as a person, you think of them as a car. You can’t see their face, read their body language, hear their voice. By […]

Spain opens up its democratic process

From the Open Policy Blog: The Opening Parliament site has a great post from Spain, where there are some serious efforts (driven by the political disillusionment that has accompanied the economic crisis) to change the way in which Spain’s multiple parliaments consider legislation. Benigno Pendás, director of the Center for Political and Constitutional Studies, has […]

Ten ways to build digital engagement

This post originally appeared on the European Union 2.0 blog. I had the opportunity this week to rub shoulders with some of the key figures in the digital media scene from Seattle and further afield at the in-nw 2013 conference (“Current and future landscape of social engagement”).  I’m grateful to the team who run the University of […]

Dialogue by Design: Behind a public consultation (part one)

This post is by Emma Blythe from OPM, and is the first in a 5-part series from Dialogue by Design (part of the OPM Group), showing how they consult and report on contentious subjects, in this case a recent consultation conducted on behalf of the HFEA. As an independent, socially-focused organisation, the OPM Group is […]

Open policy and an overarching narrative on open government

There’s a conversation going on right now (that due to other commitments I can’t be part of) about a narrative around open government – why it’s important and what we should do. This blog post from Graham Gordon at Tearfund mentions Open Policymaking. Open government is only possible when there is government commitment and capacity […]

Seven ideas for Open Parliaments

The Opening Parliament blog has seven tips on opening up Parliaments, taken from discussion at Personal Democracy Forum Poland. Most are also relevant to Open Policymaking (hat-tip, too, for Giulio Quaggiotto from UNDP). I particularly liked: 4. Understanding why citizens engage: Meeting citizens’ expectations for use of PMO websites is important to attracting repeat users. […]