Civil society public policy opportunities and failures

A couple of articles for anyone interested in public policy making, particularly at a national government level, both from Charity Finance Group’s head of Policy and Public Affairs.

On CFG’s own blog ‘Government misses chance to integrate civil society into policy agenda‘ notes that, in the list of Cabinet committees for the new government, the Minister for Civil Society sits on only one committee. Namely the Social Justice committee, which considers poverty, equality and social justice. Does this mean that the voice of civil society will be out of the room when key decisions are being made in other areas?

Access the official list of Cabinet Committees and new Implementation Taskforces.

And an article on Civil Society News says that a new toolkit to help policy makers also contains useful advice for charities who want to influence government. Although “a bit heavy on social media”, it is a treasure trove of useful overviews and tips on the methods that are available to the modern policy maker such as crowdsourcing, deliberative dialogue and behavioural insights. Read ‘Opening the black box of policy making‘, or find the ‘Open policy making toolkit’ here.

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