Democratic Sector Day (DSD)

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The South Hall, Pollock Halls

18 Holyrood Park Road


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Democratic Sector Day (DSD)
Thursday 5th March 2015
10.00 a.m - 4.30 p.m
The South Hall, Pollock Halls

What Works Scotland is delighted to invite you to Democratic Sector Day – an encounter between people working in the public participation sector in Scotland.

PLEASE READ BELOW: Important information about the registration form

Who can participate?

Anyone working in the Democratic Sector in Scotland. That is, organisations, networks and practitioners whose job is to foster and/or enable public participation in policy and decision making, and community engagement in public service design and delivery. This may include practitioners from the public, third and private sector.

What is the purpose of the event?

DSD is a day for participation practitioners to share ideas, projects and ambitions, and hopefully develop a better understanding of this ‘community of practice’ in Scotland. The objectives are:

1. Improve our understanding of the Democratic Sector in Scotland: Who is doing what and how?

2. Discover opportunities for collaboration regarding research and practice

What will happen at the event?

The event will be hands-on and interactive:

• In the morning… there are structured table conversations to generate key themes for the rest of the day.

• In the afternoon… participants decide what issues matter most to them and work in groups, before reporting back in a closing plenary session.

The design of the event borrows elements from formats such as Open Space, Unconference and Dialogue Circles in order to be as interactive and productive as possible.

Who funds the event?

What Works Scotland and the University of Edinburgh's Academy of Government



Why are we asking so many questions during registration?

Because we want to make Democratic Sector Day (DSD) as productive as possible. The 2 key objectives are:

• to improve our understanding of public participation work in Scotland: Who is doing what and how?

• and to discover opportunities for collaboration regarding research and practice.

We only have a few hours on DSD, and we want to dedicate them to dialogue. Therefore, it is crucial to do this small survey in advance, so that at the start of DSD we can share that information graphically and use it as a starting point for the conversations, and as a reference point in the report afterwards.

We want to thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey. All the questions must be filled up, but if one doesn't apply to you please write N/A.

Data management:

The data will be safely stored at the University of Edinburgh, and will only be used for the purposes of this event and the report that will follow. All information will be anonymised, and no information will be shared with third parties external to the event.