Greater Cambridge Citizens' Assembly

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How do we reduce congestion, improve air quality, and provide better public transport in Greater Cambridge?

To help us answer this question, a group of people came together for four days at the Greater Cambridge Citizens’ Assembly to help solve this key issue for the area.

The Citizens' Assembly took place over two weekends in September and October as follows:

  • Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September 2019
  • Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October 2019

The presentations and panel discussions held at the Assembly were livestreamed on the GCP Facebook page, uploaded to the GCP Youtube channel. Assembly member discussions and deliberations were not livestreamed or uploaded.

Headline report

A headline report of the Greater Cambridge Citizens' Assembly has been published by Involve.

The report is available in a number of different formats on the MySociety website at the following links:

Citizens' Assembly - Archive of Livestream Footage


A Citizens’ Assembly for Greater Cambridge

In a Citizens’ Assembly, members of the public are brought together to consider a public issue and make a recommendation on what action should be taken on that issue.

They do this by listening to evidence, discussing the evidence they hear, and reaching a conclusion together on what steps the administration should take next. The Assembly’s recommendation is then given to decision makers who decide what will happen next.

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly will hear evidence, work with other participants and come up with recommendations. They will have the opportunity to meet with individuals from all walks of life who live and travel regularly within Greater Cambridge, have discussions and hear from engaging expert speakers.

The recommendations from the Citizens’ Assembly will be presented to the Greater Cambridge Partnership's Joint Assembly and Executive Board in November/December 2019.

Organisations involved in the Greater Cambridge Citizens’ Assembly

We were awarded funding and support from the UK Government's Innovation in Democracy Programme to hold this Citizens' Assembly. It is jointly delivered by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Two independent organisations delivered the Assembly:

  • The Sortition Foundation promotes the use of stratified, random selection in decision-making. It is responsible for recruiting people to take part in the Assembly; its aim is to ensure the Assembly is broadly representative of the Greater Cambridge community.
  • The Involve Foundation is a UK-wide public participation charity. Involve will run the Citizens’ Assembly - facilitating and designing the process by which the Assembly members learn, consider and come to recommendations about the topic. They will also write the report on the outcomes of the Assembly.

Choices for Better Journeys

This spring we asked people for feedback on proposals for a future public transport network and ways to reduce congestion through our Choices for Better Journeys engagement.

The majority of respondents (81%) chose a traffic-reducing measure as their first choice for both funding public transport and reducing congestion.

The Greater Cambridge Citizens’ Assembly will consider the results of the Choices for Better Journeys engagement, along with other evidence about how to reduce congestion and better support public transport to improve people’s daily journeys.

Advisory Group

The Citizens' Assembly process has been supported by an Advisory Group.

The Advisory Group’s role was to provide advice and oversight to ensure the Assembly’s plans, evidence and materials are accurate, balanced and unbiased and perceived as such by the outside world.

Find out more about the Advisory Group.

The notes and papers from the Advisory Group meetings are available on our website. Read the Advisory Group papers.

Get involved

There were a number of ways in which people could get involved with the Greater Cambridge Citizens’ Assembly:

  • Calls for Evidence – for people to tell us what evidence they thought the Citizens’ Assembly should consider. The evidence was considered by the Advisory Group to ensure the evidence the Assembly heard was fair and balanced.
  • Share your Travel Stories – for people to let us know their personal experiences of travel within Greater Cambridge (good and bad) and what they would like to see changed. Travel stories were published on this site.
  • Apply to be an Observer – there was a limited number of spaces for members of the public to observe the Citizens’ Assembly in action. Parts of the Assembly were livestreamed too. There were guidelines on how to be observer.

If you have any further questions on the Citizens' Assembly, please don't hesitate to contact us by calling 01223 699906 or emailing contactus@greatercambridge.org.uk

How do we reduce congestion, improve air quality, and provide better public transport in Greater Cambridge?

To help us answer this question, a group of people came together for four days at the Greater Cambridge Citizens’ Assembly to help solve this key issue for the area.

The Citizens' Assembly took place over two weekends in September and October as follows:

  • Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September 2019
  • Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October 2019

The presentations and panel discussions held at the Assembly were livestreamed on the GCP Facebook page, uploaded to the GCP Youtube channel. Assembly member discussions and deliberations were not livestreamed or uploaded.

Headline report

A headline report of the Greater Cambridge Citizens' Assembly has been published by Involve.

The report is available in a number of different formats on the MySociety website at the following links:

Citizens' Assembly - Archive of Livestream Footage


A Citizens’ Assembly for Greater Cambridge

In a Citizens’ Assembly, members of the public are brought together to consider a public issue and make a recommendation on what action should be taken on that issue.

They do this by listening to evidence, discussing the evidence they hear, and reaching a conclusion together on what steps the administration should take next. The Assembly’s recommendation is then given to decision makers who decide what will happen next.

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly will hear evidence, work with other participants and come up with recommendations. They will have the opportunity to meet with individuals from all walks of life who live and travel regularly within Greater Cambridge, have discussions and hear from engaging expert speakers.

The recommendations from the Citizens’ Assembly will be presented to the Greater Cambridge Partnership's Joint Assembly and Executive Board in November/December 2019.

Organisations involved in the Greater Cambridge Citizens’ Assembly

We were awarded funding and support from the UK Government's Innovation in Democracy Programme to hold this Citizens' Assembly. It is jointly delivered by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Two independent organisations delivered the Assembly:

  • The Sortition Foundation promotes the use of stratified, random selection in decision-making. It is responsible for recruiting people to take part in the Assembly; its aim is to ensure the Assembly is broadly representative of the Greater Cambridge community.
  • The Involve Foundation is a UK-wide public participation charity. Involve will run the Citizens’ Assembly - facilitating and designing the process by which the Assembly members learn, consider and come to recommendations about the topic. They will also write the report on the outcomes of the Assembly.

Choices for Better Journeys

This spring we asked people for feedback on proposals for a future public transport network and ways to reduce congestion through our Choices for Better Journeys engagement.

The majority of respondents (81%) chose a traffic-reducing measure as their first choice for both funding public transport and reducing congestion.

The Greater Cambridge Citizens’ Assembly will consider the results of the Choices for Better Journeys engagement, along with other evidence about how to reduce congestion and better support public transport to improve people’s daily journeys.

Advisory Group

The Citizens' Assembly process has been supported by an Advisory Group.

The Advisory Group’s role was to provide advice and oversight to ensure the Assembly’s plans, evidence and materials are accurate, balanced and unbiased and perceived as such by the outside world.

Find out more about the Advisory Group.

The notes and papers from the Advisory Group meetings are available on our website. Read the Advisory Group papers.

Get involved

There were a number of ways in which people could get involved with the Greater Cambridge Citizens’ Assembly:

  • Calls for Evidence – for people to tell us what evidence they thought the Citizens’ Assembly should consider. The evidence was considered by the Advisory Group to ensure the evidence the Assembly heard was fair and balanced.
  • Share your Travel Stories – for people to let us know their personal experiences of travel within Greater Cambridge (good and bad) and what they would like to see changed. Travel stories were published on this site.
  • Apply to be an Observer – there was a limited number of spaces for members of the public to observe the Citizens’ Assembly in action. Parts of the Assembly were livestreamed too. There were guidelines on how to be observer.

If you have any further questions on the Citizens' Assembly, please don't hesitate to contact us by calling 01223 699906 or emailing contactus@greatercambridge.org.uk

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    The Greater Cambridge Citizens’ Assembly will focus on the question:

    How do we reduce congestion, improve air quality, and provide better public transport in Greater Cambridge?

    Assembly members will be randomly recruited from the Greater Cambridge area and beyond to be broadly representative of the area population. They will come together for two weekends to learn about, deliberate on and make recommendations to address this question. 

    We are interested in knowing what evidence you think Assembly members need to hear  and consider. 

    How will my ideas be used? 

    Ideas submitted will

    The Greater Cambridge Citizens’ Assembly will focus on the question:

    How do we reduce congestion, improve air quality, and provide better public transport in Greater Cambridge?

    Assembly members will be randomly recruited from the Greater Cambridge area and beyond to be broadly representative of the area population. They will come together for two weekends to learn about, deliberate on and make recommendations to address this question. 

    We are interested in knowing what evidence you think Assembly members need to hear  and consider. 

    How will my ideas be used? 

    Ideas submitted will be taken to the Advisory Group overseeing the project to inform the shape and nature of the evidence that Assembly members will consider. The Advisory Group ensures that the information provided is accurate, fair and balanced. All ideas submitted will be published on this site. We reserve the right not to accept offensive or inappropriate submissions.

    Any personal information submitted will not be published without your consent.

    The information submitted will be stored and processed in accordance with Data Protection legislation, and the Greater Cambridge Partnership privacy policy (data protection and privacy policy information).

    What sort of evidence will Assembly Members receive?  

    Assembly members will need to know enough about the issue to be able to deliberate and come to recommendations. Typically they will hear from speakers who will provide factual background information as well as a balanced range of speakers with policy preferences and lived experiences.


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