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Beyond Sunningdale – A Consultation Institute response to The Sunningdale Institute Report for the Cabinet Office

May 8, 2009

  ‘Engagement & Aspiration: Reconnecting Policy Making with Front Line Professionals’ Introduction In March 2009, the Sunningdale Institute published a Cabinet Office commissioned Study to examine how to ensure better…

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Who’s in the room? – Engaging stakeholders is a continuous process – not something just done during a formal consultation period

May 5, 2009 By

One of the myths about consultation is that it is a defined one-off event that starts and finishes … and that’s it. Now some consultation exercises do have those characteristics,…

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The Budget 2009: Consultation Announcements

April 27, 2009

    Introduction Budget Statements are increasingly used to bring together policy announcements that involve public or stakeholder consultation. In this years Budget around** 26 consultations were announced. To assist…

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Time and Space – New technology is close to re-writing the laws of physics with huge implications for public engagement

April 21, 2009 By

Two apparently unconnected news stories in the past few days illustrate how the world is changing around us. By now, the number of people who will have watched the Susan…

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Cloud consultation – It’s not just our IT applications that are disappearing into the ether….

April 11, 2009 By

One of the terms that’s used for up-to-the-minute information technology is Cloud computing. There have been worse examples of marketing hype; at least this conjures up an appropriate image of…

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Authoritative consultees – Some of those we consult speak with greater authority than others, but few can rival the claims of those who have been elected!

April 7, 2009 By

One of the most persistent urban myths about consultation is that it’s a numbers game. Reducing complex issues to a yes/no vote is always a risky business, and it is…

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Mind our language! – Well-meaning attempts to curb unnecessary jargon are in danger of dumbing down intelligent debate

March 24, 2009 By

The Local Government Association (LGA) has published a list of 200 terms “that public bodies should not use if they want to communicate with local people.” High time, you might…

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Opt-in or Opt-out? – Is this the end for the presumption of total participation?

March 11, 2009 By

There have always been debates about opting in or out of things. Forty years ago, it was about trades union membership; two decades later it was about stakeholder pensions; nowadays…

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e- for economic – Will tougher times signal renewed interest in new technology for participation?

February 24, 2009 By

These are remarkable times, with thoughtful people concluding that the tectonic plates of economic, social and political structures are shifting. A few short months ago, we looked at Banks as…

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