March 26, 2015

Public dialogue in science and technology: an international overview

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By Sonia Bussu, Sciencewise Researcher

RR3There is growing interest internationally in public engagement practice in science and technology. A number of countries are experimenting with different methods of engagement, through institutional channels and programmes or on the initiative of civil society. Across countries, this new enthusiasm for public engagement is often a response to regulatory failures, such as the GM controversy. But it also reflects the need to ensure new developments in science and technology, which can have profound societal repercussions, can be shaped through public input to respond better to societal needs and values. (more…)

March 20, 2015

BIS awards Ricardo-AEA a 1 year extension for the Sciencewise programme delivery.

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By Alan Mercer, Sciencewise Programme Director

cartoon men 2 enlarged (3)I am delighted to announce that Ricardo-AEA and our partners at Involve and the British Science Association have been awarded a 1 year extension by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) for the continued delivery of the Sciencewise programme.  This contract will allow us to continue to support Government policy makers and to encourage the more widespread use of public dialogue in the development of policy involving science and technology. (more…)

March 6, 2015

What’s different about dialogue?

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By Reema Patel, Sciencewise Policy Analyst

People talking_croppedI  recently attended a public dialogue session run by Sciencewise on food systems – bringing together a group of 25 people with different demographic characteristics with experts and stakeholders to deliberate upon the challenges facing food supply across the world. The dialogues have been commissioned by the Government Office for Science with Which? – the consumer rights association – and their purpose was to better understand the public’s views on current food system problems, challenges and opportunities. Attending that day in my new role as a policy analyst for Sciencewise, I had the opportunity to make some observations about the nature of public dialogues, their uniqueness and the specific contributions that they make for enabling deeper conversation between policy-makers, decision makers and experts. (more…)

March 4, 2015

Who wants civil society engagement? The story so far of involving Civil Society Organisations in Sciencewise

By Amy Pollard, Dialogue Manager, Sciencewise

Mixed professionals_croppedSciencewise made a commitment as part of the Open Government Partnership’s National Action Plan 2013-2015, to work more closely with civil society organisations. The wording of the commitment was:

Sciencewise will bring together civil society organisations to better understand how to involve them in public dialogue on science and technology policy. The programme will identify groups that come from different areas of the UK and certain sectors which will enable the programme to have as wide a reach as possible. (more…)

February 26, 2015

Commons Science and Technology Committee reports on ‘Advanced genetic techniques for crop improvement’

By Roland Jackson, Executive Chair – Sciencewise

RJThe Commons Science and Technology Committee has published today its report on ‘Advanced genetic techniques for crop improvement: regulation, risk and precaution’. (more…)

February 6, 2015

January 23, 2015

How to convince policy makers that they need another toolkit?

By Josephine Suherman-Bailey, Policy Analyst, Sciencewise

Toolkit_origThere are a lot of toolkits out there. To avoid becoming yet another document which ends up on a dusty shelf (or a seldom visited webpage), any toolkit promising to introduce new techniques and approaches to busy, hardworking policy makers has to convince them it’s worth their while.

Last week I attended an all-day user session run by the Open Policy Making team on the Open Policy toolkit, which is in the first stages of development. Open policy making was laid out as a key action in the Civil Service Reform Plan. (more…)

January 12, 2015

January 5, 2015

‘Engaging the public for better policy’ workshop questions – part 7

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By Alexandra Humphris-Bach, Sciencewise Knowledge Sharing Manager

WebThe seventh in our Sciencewise Q&A blog series responds to “Where do you find the members of the public that get involved in the dialogue – how do you choose and/or invite them? How many do you involve?”

Most dialogue projects use dedicated recruitment experts to recruit public participants. As part of the planning process, careful consideration will be given to the recruitment selection criteria – such as representation of local and national demographics, and the number of people we need to engage with in order to provide meaningful input to policy makers. These criteria will differ from project to project as they need to be tailored to the specific policy issue in question. (more…)

December 12, 2014

‘Engaging the public for better policy’ workshop questions – part 6

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By Alexandra Humphris-Bach, Sciencewise Knowledge Sharing Manager

The six in our Sciencewise Q&A blog series responds to “Is Sciencewise just involved in science and technology policy? What are the eligibility criteria?”

WebAt Sciencewise, our aim is to improve policy making involving science and technology across Government by increasing the effectiveness with which public dialogue is used. We work with and co-fund Government departments and agencies to enable them to develop and commission public dialogue activities on policy. Although we provide a wide range of free support tools, funding is only available for projects which fall within our eligibility criteria. (more…)