Local engagement in democracy


On 18 October we launched our second of three briefing papers summarising the findings and implications of the research. This one focused on Local engagement in democracy, and specifically what the research tells us about the:

  • Language and image of local engagement in democracy
  • Practice of local engagement in democracy
  • Accessibility of local engagement in democracy

The briefing paper can be found, along with the briefing papers on volunteering and national policy implications, in the resources section of the website.

Launch event

The launch event was hosted by Stella Creasy MP in the Houses of Parliament and was attended by over 40 people from a range of public, and voluntary and community sector organisations. We have produced two reports of the event: one in PDF format that you can download and print, and one in blog format that you can read and listen to online. The e-report includes audio and slides from the presentation, audio and transcripts of the three speakers’ reflections, and audio and summaries of the group discussion. The last post in the e-report links to some excellent blog posts that were written after the event by Mark Parker, David Wilcox, Tessy Britton and my colleague Annie Quick. The blog format also allows you to leave comments – so please feel free to share any thoughts, we’d love to continue the conversation.

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