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International impacts in Japan, OECD in Germany, Germany, International open government awards, Finland

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Japan
Motoko Kakybayashi, Centre for Science Communication, Japan Science and Technology Agency - under Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
Took part in Sciencewise Embedding Wellbeing Science in Decision Making webinar in October 2014. Said "It was interesting to hear about the details that go behind a dialogue event, and I look forward to reading the report when it comes out."

OECD and Germany
The Wellbeing public dialogue project report was sent by Cabinet Office (Ewen McKinnon) to "OECD and German colleagues", 28 Nov 2014.

Germany
Following a presentation at the British Embassy in Berlin in February 2014, Roland Jackson was invited and spoke at a steering committee meeting on 31 March 2014 of the Wissenschaft im Dialog (invited by Markus Weisskopf) to introduce Sciencewise and its activities. WiD was planning to do different dialogue processes on behalf of its stakeholders which include the large German science organisations.

International - Open Government Awards
Sciencewise came sixth in the international Open Government Awards; awards ceremony in New York, USA, in October 2014. Sciencewise scored 82.7 out of 100. Comments included:

"Sciencewise itself is a highly collaborative project with great potential for inspiring similar efforts across OGP participating countries and wider. What I really like about this initiative is its systematic approach to building capacities of policy makers on how to engage citizens in shaping policies. The lack of know-how and skills within government bodies to use innovative methods of involving citizens has been the weakest link in many countries striving towards higher standards of open and participatory policy making."

•  "Well thought out structure of dialogues involving the right mix of stakeholders (experts, technical working groups, affected communities) supplies depth to the participation."

"Over 10,000 citizens and 17,000 policy professionals working in government have been engaged in this project, enabling all members of the public to influence often very controversial and complex science and technology related policy issues. Truly impressive! Through all day deliberative events, debates, in-depth interviews and learning activities, Sciencewise employs compelling measures to incentivize participation in policy making- at the stage where policies can still be influenced by comments and contributions from public."

"Solid influence on the policies subjected to public dialogues, despite the sophistication of issues. This can be attributed to the opportunities for convergence of various sectors. The diligent designing, documentation and evaluation of the initiative in close coordination with government working groups made the inputs from the dialogues truly useful and effective."

"Building capacities of policymakers for meaningful engagement of citizens is essential for sustainable transformation of work of government bodies, recognizing benefits of public consultations and introducing long lasting embedded culture of dialogue. This seems to be the strongest side of Sciencewise project."

"This initiative is an example of citizens' inclusion for policy making. This public dialogue, not only encourages and engages public to develop new projects, but also builds an environment of trust and transparency."

"Involving citizens in scientific policy making is very challenging in itself and requires tremendous efforts. Methods used by Sciencewise to build Government-citizens partnerships in promoting evidence based policy making are precious and deserve to be promoted throughout OGP community. Sciencewise seems to be well embedded in Government."

Quotes taken from the Results pages at www.opengovawards.org/RESULTS

Finland
One hour presentation on 31 Oct 2014 by Edward Andersson Involve, on Sciencewise. 15-20 participants at the briefing, held in the Prime Minister's office. Meeting opened by the State Secretary to the Prime Minister - Mr Olli-Pekka Heinonen. They wanted to hear about what was happening in the UK as Finland was changing how it funded and supported research.