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2023 Training Calendar: booking now available!

January 31, 2023 Article

We are pleased to present the comprehensive Institute training calendar for 2023. You can now browse through the available public courses for the calendar year, and easily enrol onto any…

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Guest Article: Using technology and traditional methods to engage about trees

January 26, 2023 Article

Article by Marc Read, Environmental Services Manager at Salisbury City Council and Matt Johns, Director at Johns Associates Ltd. Salisbury City Council, partnered with the Woodland Trust and working with…

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Guest Article: Insights into action – our approach to put resident voices at the heart of decision-making

January 26, 2023 Article

 Article by Rory Hegarty, Director of Communications and Engagement, NHS North West London/ North West London ICS “You come and talk to us when you want to shut something. You…

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Guest Article: A library is more than a book: insights from Essex citizens

January 25, 2023 Article

Article by Poppy Reece, Senior Researcher at Essex County Council In 2018, the Research & Citizen Insight team were given the gigantic task of carrying out research into Essex Libraries,…

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‘Wake-up call’ for councils with discriminatory charging policies

December 8, 2022 Article

The Norfolk case revealed a discriminatory charging policy in adult social care for Norfolk County Council, as it was deemed as a breach of Human Rights and Equality legislation. Their policy was…

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Is it possible to renew democracy and rebuild the economy without public consultation?

December 7, 2022 By Article

The Labour Party produced a hefty report this week covering regional devolution. Here’s a taster… ….the British people are the most important stakeholders in the conversation about the future of…

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Should the Government be consulting on the relocation of migrants to hotels?

December 2, 2022 By Article

The small boats crisis on the south coast of England and the arrival of migrants fleeing crises in Ukraine, the Middle East and North Africa have left the UK’s border…

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Reflections on democracy and engagement, and a farewell

December 2, 2022 By Article

Today marks my final day with the Consultation Institute before I move on to pastures new. In the vein of PMQs, I feel I should announce that “This morning I…

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“Democratic infrastructure”- continuous engagement as the next great step in consultation and engagement

December 2, 2022 By Article

The world of consultation and engagement is one of ever changing and moving pieces. People, ideas and techniques flow like water through the great sieve of the world in which…

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