Public Sector Event

How to engage the public in decisions on infrastructure

Venue: Institute for Government

Date: 13 Feb 2019

Synopsis: Engaging the public on infrastructure decisions helps ensure projects meet the needs of local communities, builds public trust and makes successful delivery more likely. Getting it wrong can result in costly delays to much-needed infrastructure – whether transport, energy or digital projects.


But by international standards, the UK is poor at engaging with the public and local communities on major infrastructure projects. Efforts to improve infrastructure decision making have focused on streamlining processes and avoiding public challenge, rather than engaging citizens in constructive dialogue.

This event will look at how public engagement can be done differently. Drawing on examples from overseas and innovation in other sectors in the UK, the discussion will explore how the Government can improve the way it involves the public in decisions on infrastructure.

Our panel will include:

  • • Philip Graham, Chief Executive of the National Infrastructure Commission
  • • Sir Andrew Dillon, Chief Executive of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
  • • Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow and former Deputy Director of Involve

The conversation will be chaired by Emma Norris, Director of Research at the Institute for Government. There will be opportunity for audience Q&A.