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Book launch – The People’s Verdict: Adding Informed Citizen Voices to Public Decision-Making

Book launch – The People’s Verdict: Adding Informed Citizen Voices to Public Decision-Making
Speaker: Claudia Chwalisz # TBC; Hosted by: Oliver Escobar # Edinburgh; Speaker: Katherine Smith # Edinburgh; Speaker: Ruchir Shah # SCVO and Open Government Partnership; Speaker: Kaela Scott # Involve; Speaker: Richard Norris # Scottish Health Council & Academy of Government
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15th Jun 2017 14:00 - 15th Jun 2017 16:00
Project Room 1.06, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh

imgHosted by What Works Scotland at the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Policy Network and The Sir Bernard Crick Centre

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Trust in government and politicians is in short supply. People claim to be tired of ‘experts’ and the divide between facts and opinion has been blurred. The art of offering simple solutions to complex problems is tipping the scale away from nuanced, multifaceted answers founded on compromise. 

Within this context, governments nonetheless need to make difficult decisions, whether it's developing budgets, aligning priorities, or designing long-term projects. It's often impossible to make everybody happy as the messy business of weighing trade-offs takes place. 

Claudia Chwalisz will present the key findings in The People's Verdict, a study of 50 long-form deliberative processes, where randomly selected citizens have played key roles in decisions such as Canada's national mental health action plan, Melbourne's 10-year $5 billion budget, Victoria's obesity strategy and Ontario's housing legislation, among others. She makes the case that adding informed citizen voices to the heart of public decision-making leads to more effective policies. 

The session will include opportunities for participants to discuss the book’s findings and the role that Scotland can play in advancing democratic innovation.

Keynote listeners:

Katherine Smith (University of Edinburgh)

Ruchir Shah (SCVO and Open Government Partnership)

Kaela Scott (Involve)

Richard Norris (Scottish Health Council & Academy of Government)

Scottish Government (TBC)

Facilitated by Oliver Escobar (What Works Scotland & University of Edinburgh)

Tea and coffee will be served from 1.45pm.

Attendance is free but places are limited, please book here: