The people we met were generous with both their time and their thoughts – and were wonderfully open and honest. We had representatives from Jobcentre Plus, from the local enterprise partnership, from a local authority and from a social enterprise. And some pretty consistent themes emerged. First, there was a really strong sense that the people here actually do want to make a difference to the lives of young people, that they are looking for ways of working together and making the policies work. But all agreed that there could well be elements of ‘if it’s not made round here, then we won’t do it’. That’s interesting in the light of the ambitions in the Civil Service Reform Plan to drive towards more open policy making. The plan talks about enabling policy to reflect the real-world experiences of citizens and harness public engagement with the policy making process. It suggests that the Civil Service can go further in finding the most collaborative approaches to its policy making. So how do you get more involvement in the policy design process by citizens? Humber Learning Consortium are doing just that as part of developing their Big Lottery proposal by getting the young […]

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