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Rediscovering the civic and achieving better outcomes in public policy

Our Research

This project aims to find out the most effective means to encourage active citizenship. Citizen activities matter because engagement assists public policy outcomes, such as safer communities and more efficient public services. But little is known about the link between policy interventions, civic engagement and policy outcomes. Our project aims to throw more knowledge about such links and to indicate the concrete things that policy-makers can do to sustain the activities of citizens as users and co-producers of services. Our project uses innovative experimental methods as well as survey re-analysis to understand the civic-outcome link.

We are also doing some additional experiments from August 2009 and these include one at Southampton: Increasing the number of organ donors: a cluster randomised controlled trial of 'Nudge' and 'Think' strategies' and two in Manchester: 'A randomised controlled trial on pledging' and 'An experiment on food waste recycling'. Please see the Project Summaries section for more details of these.

To view an overall presentation by the team outlining their research and results so far please go to the following link:-

http://www.vimeo.com/5001183

Link to PSA 2009 paper

Link to policy briefing

Link to ECPR Conference 2009 Paper: ' Measuring the 'deliberative quality' of an online experimental mini-public: methodology and early results'

Link to ECPR Conference 2009 Paper: 'Deliberation and internet engagement: initial findings from a randomised controlled trial evaluating the impact of facilitation internet forums'

Link to Policy Briefing - October 2009

Link to PSA 2008 presentation

Link to presentation for the NatCen/LSE Event on 23-4 April 2009

Link to PSA Conference 2010 Paper 'Who listens to grassroots? A field experiment on informational lobbying in the UK'

Link to paper presented at ECPR Joint Sessions April 2009

Link to paper presented at APSA Conference September 2009

Link to Policy Briefing No 8

Link to presentation for the NatCen/LSE Event on 23-4 April 2009

Link to PAC Conference Paper, York September 2008

Link to Policy Briefing No 9

Link to journal article

Link to academic paper

Link to final report

Link to policy briefing

Link to presentation

Link to Project Summary

Link to PSA Conference Paper 2010

Link to PSA Slides

Link to Preliminary Report

Link to Policy Briefing No 10

Link to Radio 4 Analysis Programme 310510 on Pledging

Link to Project Summary

Link to PSA Conference 2010 Paper 'The Use of Feeback to Enhance Environmental Outcomes: A Randomized Contrlled Trial of a Food Waste Scheme

Link to Policy Briefing Number 5

Link to Project Summary 2

Link to PSA 2010 Paper