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Publication: 2014-01-07


We have developed the case for public participation, produced practical guidance on how to engage effectively, explored innovative practices of engagement, and begun to understand how and why citizens engage. Our research covers both the practice and theory of engagement and is grounded in our work and experience.




Involve are experts in public participation... Involve exists to support organisations, politicians and public officials to transform the way they engage with citizens. Registered Charity No - 1130568 | Registered Company No - 05669443


  • Involve Staff

  • Simon BuralDirector -- Follow @sburall | -- Simon Burall is the Director of Involve. He has long and extensive experience the fields of democratic reform, governance, public participation, stakeholder engagement, and accountability and transparency. He has worked at the national level in Africa, Asia and Europe as well as on related issues of global governance and democracy.

  • Edward AnderssonDeputy Director -- Follow @ed_andersson | -- Edward Andersson is the Deputy Director of Involve, and an established expert on methods of participatory decision making. He set up - the UKs leading public engagement site, and has advised a number of organisations on public engagement strategies, including the Home Office, the European Commission, the OECD and numerous Local Authorities and Health Trusts. His research covers how to measure the business case for engagement, achieving efficiencies through engagement, and involving the public in the challenges of our ageing society.

  • Clive MitchellProgramme Manager -- -- Clive Mitchell is Programme Manager at Involve. He was previously Involve's Associate Local Government Advisor. He has 30 years experience of working in and with local authorities, starting out as an Environmental Health Officer in London.

  • Ingrid PrikkenProject Manager -- Follow @ingridprikken | -- Ingrid Prikken is Project Manager at Involve. Her work is focused on project management, project design, research and facilitation. Her research covers embedding public engagement in government and citizen participation in challenging issues.

  • Tim HughesResearch Officer -- Follow @TimJHughes | -- Tim Hughes is Research Officer at Involve. Among other things, he leads Involve's work on open government and coordinates the UK Open Government Partnership civil society network. His research covers open government, open policy making, public dialogue and active citizenship.

  • Houda DavisResearch Assistant | -- Houda is a research intern working on a thought piece for Involve about citizen engagement with climate change issues. This piece of research will explore how local government could rethink citizen engagement with issues around climate change and energy future in the context of open government.

  • Andy WilliamsonDigital Engagement Associate -- -- Andy is an internationally respected expert in digital engagement. Through his research, consultancy, writing and facilitation he supports governments, parliaments and civil society organisations around the world to transform the way they educate, engage and enable.

  • Brendan WhittyPublic Engagement for Aid Accountability Associate -- -- Brendan is supporting Involve in understanding the role of public engagement within the international development and aid sector. In particular, he will focus on how the development community balance the needs and interests of both the UK public and that of the recipient country.

  • Helen FisherCommunications and Evaluation Associate -- -- Helen has worked in the field of public and stakeholder engagement for ten years, with a particular focus on complex scientific and sustainability issues. She specialises in writing, research, analysis and evaluation, as well as being an experienced project manager and support facilitator. She has a particular interest in writing and developing materials to communicate complex issues to different audiences.

  • Archon FungAssociate -- Archon Fung is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. His research examines the impacts of civic participation, public deliberation, and transparency upon public and private governance.

  • Involve AssociatesInvolve draws on a network of associates who are experts in their field. Involve associates work on relevant Involve projects, contribute to Involve's development and feature on our blog.

  • Organisations

  • Politicians

  • Public Officials

  • Public OrganisationsSince Involve was founded in 2004 we have worked closely with public organisations at a local, national and international level to transform how they engage with citizens. These include the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, the World Health Organisation, the European Commission, the OECD and numerous Local Authorities.

  • Home Office

  • Ministry of Justice

  • World Health Organisation

  • European Commission

  • OECD

  • Local Authorities