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After the consultation … – A preview of the Institute’s new set of ‘Implementation engagement standards’

So the consultation is over; the data is analysed; feedback has been published and a final decision has now been taken.

For those whose lives are much involved with the processes of consultation and engagement, it may well be time to express a sigh of relief, or maybe move on to the next project. But of course it may well be far from the end of the story; this could just be the beginning. After all, some of our most important public consultations are about major initiatives of enormous scale and significance. Think High-Speed Two, a Nuclear power station, reconfigured hospital services or new Government policies. For such projects, the consultation is – to use a famous phrase – “the end of the beginning”


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About the Author

Rhion Jones is considered a leading authority on Public Engagement and Consultation. A founding Director of the Consultation Institute, he is co-author of “The Art of Consultation” (2009) and “The Politics of Consultation” (2018). He has delivered over 500 training courses and Masterclasses and is a prolific writer on the subject, having written over 350 different Topic papers and over 50 full Briefing Papers for the Institute. Since 2003 over 15,000 person-days of training based on courses he invented have been delivered. Rhion is in demand as an entertaining Keynote Speaker and Special Adviser, particularly on the Law of Consultation, and its implications for Government and other Public Bodies. In 2017, he was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.

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