As we create and build things – including events, the programme itself and the work we do with others – we’ll share them on this page. You will also be able to read blog posts from us sharing our thinking and ideas.

Presenting Public Square

These slides introduce what Public Square is aiming to achieve, and how this programme of action research will work.

Action Learning Reports from Year One

We are excited to share full reports from our Year One work with Calderdale Metropolitan Borough and Frome Town Council. The prototyping reports document our design process, and what was learnt from prototyping some new approaches to citizen participation.

Calderdale Prototyping report

Frome Prototyping Report

And the discovery reports outline the needs we were responding to, and give an understanding of the context in each place.

Calderdale Discovery Report

Frome Discovery Report

In Calderdale our approach was informed by a co-design process, based around Calderdale Conversations.  In Frome we worked on their Participatory Budgeting process, with an emphasis on involving citizens in creating new project ideas.

If you want to follow the whole story of the first year of Public Square there is a full Public Square – Year One Programme Report. This was developed for our funder – but we thought it might provide interesting insights for some. We’ll be breaking what we’ve shared here down into bite sized chunks and aim to share these alongside more resources in the coming weeks.

What our councils are signing up to

This sign-up document lays out the agreement we have with each of our councils. We will sign one of these agreements with each council, which will also include specific details relevant to each of them.

Read the draft council sign-up document

Our literature review on digital public engagement

To help build a knowledge base for Public Square’s work, mySociety’s Head of Research Rebecca Rumbul has written a literature review examining current academic research around how digital tools can help citizens to be better involved in decision-making.

Read the literature review

Our learning strategy

Our learning strategy describes our approach to learning, including some of the techniques, practices and methodologies we are using as part of our action research. Read the learning strategy.

Case study – Le Agorà di Messina: For citizens, by citizens

 A case study detailing how the citizens of Messina and The Democratic Society worked towards reinvigorating and reimagining the role of the citizen in southern Italy. Read the case study.

Something we’re reading…

Towards Participatory Democracy in Scotland

Oliver Escobar, of the University of Edinburgh, writes about the continual change always taking place to keep democracy alive. Democracy is never fixed. This essay explores some ways in which citizens are being put at the heart of democratic life; a goal we share here at Public Square!

Read the essay

If you’re interesting in finding out more about Oliver’s work, check out What Works Scotland. Oliver is also a member of our Technical Reference Group.