This report sets out how the Scottish Government's ambition for transformative change can be delivered to make Scotland's democracy more participative and inclusive.
It contains the views and recommendations of the Institutionalising Participatory and Deliberative Democracy (IPDD) Working Group, which was convened by the Scottish Government in Summer 2021. The recommendations in this report represent the next steps for Scotland as it incorporates processes for participatory and deliberative democracy into our democratic system.
The report provides definitions of key terms and sets out the benefits of participation for people and communities, government, and children and young people. It then summarises the headline recommendations of the Working Group.
The report goes on to provide background information on current issues with participation, what needs to change, and the skills, infrastructure and resources required to take an intersectional, equalities-focused approach.
The report then sets out full rationale and detail for each of the recommendations, and outlines steps to implement them.
This is to be considered alongside its supporting documents:
- Values, Principles and Standards for Participation, Democratic Innovations and Citizens' Assemblies
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