The Involve Foundation

The Involve Foundation

At a glance


  • Campaigning
  • Human rights
  • Local / community

Other details

Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


We want to build a democracy that works for everyone – that gives people real power to effect change in their lives, communities and beyond, and helps solve 21st century challenges.  We work to make politics, government and society more open, participatory and deliberative.

Involve was founded in 2003 to “create a new focus for thinking and action on the links between new forms of public participation and existing democratic institutions”.  Since then, we have developed world renowned expertise, skills and resources on public participation, open governance and democratic reform. We have partnered with international, national, devolved and local organisations – including the OECD, Open Government Partnership, UK and devolved governments and parliaments, numerous local authorities and public sector bodies, and civil society organisations to:

  • Develop innovative mechanisms for involving people in decision making;
  • Secure important reforms on government and corporate transparency and accountability;
  • Help build global norms and standards of openness and participation.


Our work spans three areas:

  • Agenda setting - we are responding to the current political context and setting-out a vision for an open, participatory and deliberative democracy, and how to get there.
  • Coalition building - we are building, supporting and coordinating broad, unexpected and powerful coalitions of allies to shape and advocate for a new vision for democracy.
  • Participation practice - we support and undertake world class public participation practice and research, particularly where it can be used to build the case and pressure for wider change.

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