Citizen Engagement

The DBT Foundation offers a variety of participatory processes that provide decision makers with valuable insight into the attitudes of the citizens with regard to political priorities. We are internationally recognized for the development of citizen engagement methods, which are used both locally and globally.

  • Citizen Engagement 

  • Citizen Engagement

  • Dialogue meetings

    Establishes a forum where selected citizens, stakeholders and politicians in small groups are invited to discuss a theme. The dialogue meeting can be controlled by the DBT Foundation project managers and the results are collected and disseminated.

  • Participatory budgeting

    Participartory budgeting is a result-oriented meeting form that gives the citizens a democratic opportunity to come with their recommendation to the municipal budgeting, whilst the politicians gets a better founded and viable basis for decision.

  • Future Workshop

    The Future Workshop is suitable for working with local challenges and solutions. The issue being discussed at the workshop directly affects the participants. Individual participants’ experiences are brought into play. A shared interest in doing something about a problem is the common starting point.

  • Open Space

    This is a method used in both large and small groups where the participants debate critical and complex issues affecting the future. Each participant will contribute with his or her individual competence and creativity to directly influence on the final result.

  • Scenario workshop

    Encompasses three phases: Criticism, vision and execution. The scenario workshop is based on scenarios for future development within an area or topic. The scenarios are formulated in advance.

  • Citizen summit

    Enables decision makers to test policy options on a representative population sample. The politicians receive clear answers and mandate to make tough, sensitive decisions from the participating citizens.

  • Online citizen engagement

    ... makes it possible to reach many citizens at once to consult and involve them in the planning and development of political agendas.


The DBT Foundation facilitates meetings and processes in a very diverse group of subjects in different areas. The DBT Foundations role as a professional facilitator means that we put a great effort in all parts of a process. From initial planning of sound and light to the experience of the participants and the dissemination of the results. The meeting concepts of The DBT Foundation have been used successfully in more than 50 countries around the globe.     

  • Facilitation     

    The DBT Foundation facilitates processes in a very diverse group of subjects in different areas whether it comes to municipal budgeting, employee-driven innovation, risk management, urban planning, Corporate Social Responsibility, or something completely different where it is valuable to involve the people who are affected by the problem.

  • The organization of a process

    The DBT Foundation offers both planning and facilitation of participatory processes, individual processes as well as advice on open collaboration and involvement. All our services are based on the specific problem, but the common factor is a thorough quality process.   

Research and evaluation

The DBT Foundation participates in the research of the EU on accountability in scientific research and development. The DBT Foundation is competent in the involvement of citizens, stakeholders, authorities and experts and also handles national and international science dissemination of project results:

  • Responsible Research and Innovation    

    There is an increased pressure for research and innovation to help solve major societal challenges. The DBT Foundation creates processes where relevant participants are involved in the formulation and prioritization of new projects, as well as the dissemination and evaluation of ongoing projects. The processes combine dialogue and debate with analytical assessments based on well-proven methods.

  • Interactive processess

    Interactivity occurs when the thing being debated mutually affects the debating parties. Without the interaction the affect would otherwise never have occurred. In the successful interactive process there will be shared knowledge and new knowledge will be created.    

Stakeholder and expert Engagement

Involvement of stakeholders, researchers and experts in policy development and the course of a giving project, ensures interdisciplinary perspectives and broad-based results.

  • Expert Dialogue

    Expert Dialogue is an organized collaborative process where participants with different but relevant backgrounds are put together to create the basis for recommendations and solutions.

  • Parliamentary hearing     

    A parliamentary hearing gives the politicians answers to specific questions within a topical issue. The politicians questions and discusses with experts in the specific field. The primary purpose of a hearing is to give the politicians the information they need in their work in the parliament.

  • Employee-driven innovation

    In order to allow for employee-driven innovation the DBT Foundation organizes processes where employees at all levels in an organization or business contribute their knowledge to new targeted development.  

  • Open innovation

    Open Innovation involves the users in the creative innovation process and contributes to optimized service, customer satisfaction and profit. The DBT Foundation has developed a method of open innovation, which focuses on an area of ​​technology or a societal problem where it is possible to see opportunities for improvement.  

EU and International

The DBT Foundation has international and award winning status as a frontrunner in dialog generating technology assessment. Since the establishment of the DBT Foundation it has followed and conveyed knowledge about new technology to the society. We work together with EU and other international research and innovation networks, both in regards to management but also with research assignments.

  • Citizen Engagement

  • Your public engagement partner in Horizon 2020

    We participate in European R&I projects as coordinator or partner depending on the needs of each particular project. Over the years we have built a strong network of excellent partners with whom we are lucky to work on a regular basis. At the same time we are always looking for new acquaintances just as we are always eager to see new perspectives on the relations between science, innovation, public policy and the views and values of citizens.

  • European and international technology assessment and citizen engagement

    The DBT Foundation is a frontrunner in dialogue generating technology assessment methods. We work with European research and innovation policies, trans European technology assessment projects, global citizen engagement as well as management and process facilitation of international projects.

Presentations and talks

The DBT Foundation offers presentations, lectures and courses on technology and society, as well as courses concerned with our methods of involvement. We are more than happy to design courses that meet the interest and need of individuals or companies.

  • Personalized presentations and courses

Technology Assessment

The DBT Foundation assesses and advises decision makers on the consequences of the introduction and use of new technology on the society and people in the society. The DBT Foundation is working systematically with a number of technology assessment methods:

  • Foresight

    Foresight is about the ability to relate qualified and actively to the future. You are able to say something about which decisions are relevant today by looking at the future. Foresight also gives the opportunity to think joint about the future challenges and opportunities.

  • Outlook

    Is a future-oriented technology analysis. Outlook allows for assessment of technological trends and possible developments, which thereby can assist a better and more informed decision-making process.

  • Policy analysis

    ... Are guidelines for political actions and an analysis of political matters. The analysis relates not only to the political decision-making processes but also to the entire practice in the field.  

  • Scenarios

    Extrapolates a series of events in order to demonstrate possible developments and consequences, it creates dialogue and increases the understanding of opportunities in the future.