Where next for localismand co-production?15 March 2012St Bride’s Foundation, London#nextlocalism
Hands up and hands on   Pathways through participation
Hands up and hands onLiz Coll, Consumer Focus   15 March 2012
Hands up and                                                    hands onAim of research  “to determine the preparedness an...
Hands up and                                                    hands onResearch objectives• What does localism mean to pe...
Hands up and                                                          hands onResearch methods•   Quantitative: telephone ...
Tim Hughes, Involve
Research questionsHow and why does participation begin andcontinue?Can trends and patterns of participation beidentified o...
101 in-depthinterviews                                          Life stories Qualitative research                         ...
What is participation?Social participation:the collective activities thatindividuals are involved inPublic participation:t...
Hands Up and                                                 Hands OnA picture of participation• 82% agree we should have ...
Why participation starts Helping others Developing relationships               Groups and organisations•Exercising values ...
Hands up and                                                       hands onWhy people don’t participate• Lack of informati...
Hands up and                                                       hands onWhy people don’t participate• Fear of the usual...
Politics                           Other participantsPerceptions and experiences    Public organisations                  ...
Participation needs to be...• Personal• Social• Meaningful                               16
Develop realistic expectationsof participation                                 Understand what policy                     ...
Hands up and                                                                    hands on Ways forward...• Influence, Invol...
Critical issues•   Power and inequality•   Conflict•   The usual suspects•   Efficacy and trust•   Defining a community   ...
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Presentation by Liz Coll (Consumer Focus) and Tim Hughes (Involve) of research into participation and active citizenship:
'Hands up and hands on', by Consumer Focus and
'Pathways through participation', by NCVO, IVR and Involve.

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  1. 1. Where next for localismand co-production?15 March 2012St Bride’s Foundation, London#nextlocalism
  2. 2. Hands up and hands on Pathways through participation
  3. 3. Hands up and hands onLiz Coll, Consumer Focus 15 March 2012
  4. 4. Hands up and hands onAim of research “to determine the preparedness and capacity of citizens across England to engage with, and respond to, the anticipated challenges relating to the provision of community and public services” 4
  5. 5. Hands up and hands onResearch objectives• What does localism mean to people in practice?• How aware are citizens of opportunities for participation?• What are the triggers and barriers to participation?• Do citizens have the capacity and willingness to participate in challenging decisions about local public services? 5
  6. 6. Hands up and hands onResearch methods• Quantitative: telephone survey of 1,001 adults, weighted for representation• Qualitative: deliberative citizen forums at 4 locations – Keynsham (Bristol) – Timperley and Wythenshawe (Greater Manchester) – Hereford – Tower Hamlets (London)• Facilitated, in depth discussions and mock exercises in participatory budgeting. 6
  7. 7. Tim Hughes, Involve
  8. 8. Research questionsHow and why does participation begin andcontinue?Can trends and patterns of participation beidentified over time?What connections, if any, are there betweendifferent forms and episodes of participationand what triggers movement between them?
  9. 9. 101 in-depthinterviews Life stories Qualitative research Individual at the heart ApproachParticipation as ‘situated practice’3 field work areas: Leeds Stakeholder Enfield engagement Suffolk
  10. 10. What is participation?Social participation:the collective activities thatindividuals are involved inPublic participation:the engagement of individualswith the various structures andinstitutions of democracyIndividual participation:people’s individual actions andchoices that reflect the kind ofsociety they want to live in
  11. 11. Hands Up and Hands OnA picture of participation• 82% agree we should have more say in local matters• But only 28% would like to actually have an input (38% for parents of under 18 year olds)• Quantitative survey showed 31% had actually participated, from neighbourhood watch to running sports clubs 11
  12. 12. Why participation starts Helping others Developing relationships Groups and organisations•Exercising values & beliefs Local environment and place•Having influence•For personal benefit Practical resources•Being part of something Learnt resources •Felt resources An emotional reaction A personal life event •An external influence
  13. 13. Hands up and hands onWhy people don’t participate• Lack of information: “there’s nothing advertised about where and how you can get involved. I think people like to keep it to themselves”• Lack of time: “it starts as ‘can you help out?’ and it ends up as ‘we’re relying on you’. That’s too much”• Lack of faith in local authorities: “quite often they ask our opinion then just ignore it” “you see them…at election time. The next time you see them is the next election” 13
  14. 14. Hands up and hands onWhy people don’t participate• Fear of the usual suspects “you always get the same people going to the meetings, it can be quite cliquey and it puts people off”• Lack of return on investment “I feel it’s easy to say but there’s a bit of ‘once bitten, twice shy’ about all this local stuff” 14
  15. 15. Politics Other participantsPerceptions and experiences Public organisations 15
  16. 16. Participation needs to be...• Personal• Social• Meaningful 16
  17. 17. Develop realistic expectationsof participation Understand what policy interventions can and cannot achieve Recommendations Improve participation opportunities
  18. 18. Hands up and hands on Ways forward...• Influence, Involvement, In Control: find the right level.• Focus effort on the right people: reach out to the ‘willing but waiting’• Be open and realistic: don’t shy away from difficult conversations, be prepared for complexity of localism. 18
  19. 19. Critical issues• Power and inequality• Conflict• The usual suspects• Efficacy and trust• Defining a community 19

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