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Designing the Devon Citizens’ Assembly

The Devon Climate Emergency committed to establishing a citizens’ assembly to enable views of the general public to play an important role in the production of the Devon Carbon Plan.

Initially, the University of Exeter undertook a rapid review of evidence and best practice which made recommendations on how the citizens’ assembly should operate. Then, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Response Group needed to understand if an online assembly would work and so the University produced a further report on the viability of an online citizens’ assembly. The Devon Climate Emergency partnership accepted its recommendations and the Devon Climate Assembly occurred in summer 2021.

Both of the University’s reports are available below.

Developing a Net-Zero Citizens’ Assembly for Devon

A Rapid Review of Evidence and Best Practice

Prepared for the Devon Climate Emergency Response Group and the Devon Net Zero Task Force

Written by Professor Patrick Devine-Wright1and Dr Alice Moseley2, University of Exeter

We are grateful for the research assistance provided by Jean-Pierre Roux3

November 2019

Background to the Report

Executive Summary of Recommendations

PART 1: CITIZENS ASSEMBLIES: PURPOSE, STRUCTURE & DESIGN 1.1-1.4

FORMATTING THE ASSEMBLY & PROCUREMENT 1.5-1.9

HONORARIUMS, TOPICS & PREPARING MEMBERS 1.10-1.13

COMMUNICATIONS, MONITORING & EVALUATION 1.14-1.18

PART 2: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE DEVON NET ZERO CITIZENS’ASSEMBLY 2.1 – 2.4

DURATION, PARTICIPANT INFORMATION & RECOGNITION 2.5-2.8

OUTCOMES, MONITORING & EVALUATION & COST 2.9-2.12

REFERENCES

APPENDIX 1: Timetable of the Oxford Climate Change Citizens Assembly (weekend one of two)

APPENDIX 2: Agreed list of actions following the Camden Climate Change Citizens’ Assembly

APPENDIX 3: Recommendations from the Irish Citizens Assembly on Climate Change (2017)

APPENDIX 4: List of potential expert witnesses

APPENDIX 5: Potential outline structure for Assembly meetings

Rapid Review: The Feasibility of an Online Citizens’ Assembly to support Devon’s Transition to Net Zero


A Rapid Review of Evidence and Best Practice Prepared for the Devon Climate Emergency Response Group and the Devon Net Zero Task Force

Written by: Dr Rebecca Sandover1, Dr Alice Moseley2, Professor Patrick Devine-Wright3

University of Exeter

November 2020

Executive Summary

Introduction

Review of research on the benefits of online deliberation in terms of learning, quality of discussion, inclusivity and other key factors

Review of research on the challenges of online deliberation:

Other Important Considerations

References

Appendices

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