Sciencewise is an internationally recognised public engagement programme which enables policy makers to develop socially informed policy with a particular emphasis on science and technology.
We do this by supporting government bodies to commission deliberative public dialogue. Our support includes up to 50 percent co-funding, expert advice and guidance.
Public dialogue provides in-depth insight into the views, concerns and aspirations of a broadly representative sample of the population. This allows decision makers to develop policy that resonates with public views.
The Sciencewise programme is the UK Government’s exemplar of how to develop robust evidence on public views to inform policy development in areas of scientific and technological innovation. Established in 2004, the programme has supported over 50 dialogue projects.
The Sciencewise programme has been led and funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Over the next few months it will be transitioning to be led by UK Research and Innovation with support from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Involve, the UK’s leading public participation charity, provides expert advice, assurance and support to the programme.