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The Budget 2005: Consultation References

March 7, 2005 Briefing Paper

Budget Statements are increasingly used to bring together policy announcements that involve public or stakeholder consultation. To assist Institute members ensure that they are aware of consultations that may affect…

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Self-defence! – Consultation is like justice. It must not just be done – it must be seen to be done!

December 20, 2004 By Tuesday Topic

The famous Welsh Rugby coach, Carwyn James (famous for his work with the 1971 British Lions) is remembered for once having urged his players to “get your retaliation in first”…

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Counting the cost of consultation – The basic laws of arithmetic apply to consultation as well!

December 20, 2004 By Tuesday Topic

Public consultation is not traditional accountant-territory. Few consultation projects are formally budgeted, and many of the costs involved are normally funded from larger departmental or functional budget allocations. If you…

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The REAL cost of consultation – It is easy to forget that the biggest commitment of resources is by consultees – not consultors!

December 20, 2004 By Tuesday Topic

Tuesday Topic 6 tackled the thorny issue of budgeting and funding consultations. It recommended that organisations take steps to improve their accounting and monitor value for money. But this isn’t…

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The Consultation Window – Unless there is sufficient time to undertake a professional consultation, it might be better not to do it at all!

December 20, 2004 By Tuesday Topic

“Chris! I’ll need you to organise a consultation on this issue……..” “So how long have we got ?” “Oh, don’t worry about it – you’ll get your three months –…

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The second rung of the ladder – The role of consultation in the famous Ladder of Participation is not always understood

December 20, 2004 By Tuesday Topic

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…

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Easter Bunny – Your Time is Up! – Time to dispel some urban myths!

December 20, 2004 By Tuesday Topic

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…

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Careful with Questions! – The art of structuring a quality consultation exercise lies in the skilful drafting of the questions you want answered…..

December 20, 2004 By Tuesday Topic

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…

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Therapeutic consultation – The very act of mounting a consultation can sometimes achieve more than you think………

December 20, 2004 By Tuesday Topic

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…

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