The RSA Action and Research Centre, in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, have launched a new programme ‘Citizens and Inclusive Growth’. This will interrogate what citizenship means and how it is manifest. It will examine international and UK citizen engagement methods, mechanisms and systemic infrastructure to identify and evidence what works, and to draw out and understand the reasons at the core of what doesn’t.
In its first — and open — call for evidence the programme is seeking national and global examples of projects and good practice in supporting inclusion, innovation or impact in citizen engagement. These might include collaboration tools such as participatory budgeting, citizens’ juries or forums, and online methods such as crowdsourced polling, sentiment analysis and opinion mining. The project will include a pilot series of intensive place-based case studies, working with selected UK cities and city-regions. It welcomes ideas, nominations, inside knowledge, connections, pointers, introductions and contributions.