The Greater Cambridge Citizens’ Assembly on congestion, air quality and public transport brought together 53 randomly selected residents from Greater Cambridge and the wider travel to the work area for two weekends during September and October 2019.
Problems and Purpose
The citizens’ assembly was set the task to develop recommendations to the Greater Cambridge Partnership as to How to reduce congestion, improve air quality and provide better public transport in Greater Cambridge.
Background History and Context
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
The Involve Foundation ran the citizens’ assembly, facilitating and designing the process and also wrote this report on the outcomes of the citizens’ assembly.
The Sortition Foundation were responsible for recruiting people to take part in the citizens’ assembly
Participant Recruitment and Selection
Random selection of Cambridge residences.
Methods and Tools Used
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
The citizens’ assembly met over two weekends (7 th & 8th September and 5th & 6th October 2019) and took part in over 24 hours of learning, deliberation and decision-making.
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
Some recommendations were made and this was included in a report presented to the GCP Joint Assembly and Executive Board in January and February 2020 (moved back from the original dates referenced at the Assembly due to the General Election being called). A response to the recommendations will be made after those meetings in early 2020.
Analysis and Lessons Learned