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The public, the stakeholder, the civil servant and her policy – responding to the changing world of policy making

Sciencewise ran a series of workshop sessions during September and October at Civil Service Live 2015.

Civil Service Live is a series of learning events, bringing together civil servants working in government departments, agencies and private sector organisations to learn, network and collaborate, sharing ideas to help make best practice the norm. There were four themes at Civil Service Live 2015: Innovation, The new UK Government, People and Leadership and a Skilled Civil Service.

In response to the themes, Sciencewise, the BIS funded national centre for public dialogue in policy making involving science and technology issues, ran workshop sessions titled: 'The public, the stakeholder, the civil servant and her policy – responding to the changing world of policy making'. The workshop concerned the changing world of policy and the complex pressures that this brings for civil servants. Sciencewise shared its insight into how civil servants increasingly need to collaborate with both the engaged and disengaged public, as well as work with a much broader range of stakeholders, to create effective policy.

“Open policy-making is a thoughtful and considered response to unstoppable trends in policy-making and Civil Service reform. These trends are partly a result of changes in the expectations of citizens and partly the result of technological advances, which are increasingly affecting the way government does business. This means that policy makers are under more pressure than ever before to do their work differently.” Simon Burall, Sciencewise Head of Dialogue.

Please see below, a recording of Sciencewise's presentation and slides.

Webinar recording

Presentation slides

By Simon Burall, Sciencewise Head of Dialogue and Andrew Acland, Sciencewise Dialogue and Engagement Specialist.