Call for research participants: Citizen engagement in local democracy


The IWA are a think tank and charity, independent of government and political parties. We conceive ambitious and informed ideas which secure political commitments to improve our democracy, public services and economy. 


The project

We are undertaking a piece of research into citizen engagement in local democracy, specifically, decision making at a local authority, or town and community council level. The research will help us to better understand the range, nature and frequency of current opportunities for citizens to engage with local decision making in Wales, and explore ways to enhance and improve upon this. 


How you can help

If you are involved in decision making at a local authority, or town and community council level, we would be interested in hearing from you. We want to speak to officials and politicians at different tiers of local government in Wales about their experiences of citizen engagement. 


We want to know about your experience of involving citizens in your decision making. How do you approach it? What makes it easy or difficult? How useful has it been in informing policy and practice in your organisation? How could the process be improved?


How will your contribution be used?

Your contribution will be anonymised, and the key issues we identify will be summarised in a short report. This short project will be used to inform the development of a larger piece of research, which will explore these issues in more detail. 


How to get involved

If you would be interested in contributing to this work, or would like more information, please contact our Policy and External Affairs Manager, Andy Regan via email: 


A convenient time for a telephone interview will be arranged for November / December 2019.