Independent audit of the Government’s Big Society

Civil Exchange is conducting an independent audit of the Government’s Big Society – the first comprehensive assessment of how far community empowerment, social action and the opening up public services is being achieved.

The Audit’s first report is expected to be published early in 2012 and will bring key data together to measure how far, in practice, a genuine transfer of power from government to civil society is taking place. Civil Exchange will be carrying out the Audit in collaboration with the independent research organisation, Democratic Audit, and the social policy communications agency, DHA.

The Big Society Audit is funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Established in 2011, Civil Exchange is a think tank which aims to be:

  • A catalyst to help civil society and government work together in new ways.
  • A resource for research, policy development, capacity building, awareness-raising and exchange, which brings together existing expertise and knowledge.

It acts as a ‘link tank,’ working with other organisations and individuals to generate new ideas and soluti

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