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The second rung of the ladder – The role of consultation in the famous Ladder of Participation is not always understood
Sherry Arnstein’s Ladder of Participation (and its variants) is well known to many people who work in the field of public or stakeholder consultation. It starts with information giving at…Read more
If spring is a time of re-awakening, it’s also time to get real and shed the cosy myths with which we surround ourselves in the dark days of winter. Indeed…Read more
Careful with Questions! – The art of structuring a quality consultation exercise lies in the skilful drafting of the questions you want answered…..
With talk of referendums in the air, we will all hear the old adage that the answer will of course depend upon the way the question is formulated. The suggestion…Read more
Therapeutic consultation – The very act of mounting a consultation can sometimes achieve more than you think………
Stand by for a dose of pure heresy…. For anyone who truly believes in high-quality consultation, it is axiomatic that it must have integrity; that the consultor genuinely wants to…Read more
Let's go fly a…… Kite-mark? – Is it time to establish a quality standard for Public and stakeholder consultations?
There comes a point in most areas of life where the amateur gives way to the professional, and where the rich diversity of people re-inventing the wheel every time yields…Read more
Bias and the Method Mix – The techniques we select can have an influence on the results we obtain; over-reliance on documentary consultation can cause distortion
Consultation papers are in danger of being too PR-driven. Recent examples arriving at Institute offices have been the usual mixed bag of plain and glossy, but if there is a…Read more
The Ballot-Box By-Pass – Elected Councillors in Local Authorities – and even Members of Parliament have genuine concerns about some consultations. Striking the right balance between representative and consultative democracy is vital
If public and stakeholder consultations are to be really effective, then politicians must believe in them and be comfortable with the process. But there is evidence that too little has…Read more
Getting to Grips with Gershon – The Gershon report on public sector efficiency holds many implications for those involved in public and stakeholder consultations
So we’re now all going to be more efficient ……There will be 80,000 fewer civil servants; £20 billion less will be spent – and more resources will be allocated to…Read more
Toolkit Time – Producing a Consultation Toolkit is a sound investment but needs to complement rather than replace traditional staff training
Even the smallest Local Authority today finds itself engaged in multiple public or stakeholder consultations. Many of these are departmentally-based, and because they are closely associated with the normal day-to-day…Read more