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Beyond these shores … – Is the UK’s expertise on public consultation about to become a major export?

June 13, 2014 By

We have known for some time that the UK is almost certainly one of the world leaders in public consultation. When Elizabeth Gammell and I spoke at a World Bank…

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Learning from the NHS! – NHS Reconfigurations are very challenging for public engagement – but hold lessons for many others in public service and beyond

May 13, 2014 By

When the NHS tries to bring about significant change, it often faces a storm of public protest and frequently becomes a political football as one side or another seeks an…

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Listening to politicians – Those seeking to implement change in our public services should study the views and attitudes of our elected representatives

April 13, 2014 By

It is so fashionable to denigrate politicians and to counsel them to ‘listen to the people’ that it may appear counter-intuitive to suggest that just for once, we should listen…

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Consultation and accountability – Holding organisations to account for the quality of their consultations

April 13, 2014 By

If the dishwasher I have bought starts to malfunction, I take it back to the shop. If my car starts to misfire, I may take it to the nearest garage.…

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Out of the Blue! – A new test to ascertain whether public bodies are ready for a serious consultation.

March 13, 2014 By

In recent years there have been significant changes to consultation practice. One of the most visible is how the growth of social media has led to a perpetual debate, no…

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The case against ‘purdah’ – As we approach the May elections, it may be time to question the conventional wisdom about the ‘period of purdah’. To what extent should it affect consultations?

March 13, 2014 By

It’s a pretty inappropriate term, but it seems to have been generally adopted in political circles to mean the ‘curtain of discretion’ behind which we can conceal certain activities that…

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Community engagement – being on the ball! – Why we need to understand and support community initiatives from the sporting and commercial sectors

February 13, 2014 By

For years we have all tended to accept that strong, confident communities are important for society. They provide a solid foundation for individuals, families and businesses to fulfil their potential;…

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Making the weather – Influencing the climate of opinion may be easier than improving the UK’s weather!

February 13, 2014 By

A winter of storms has wrought havoc in many communities and even those of us not directly affected are starting to get accustomed to the high winds and endless rain.…

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Lessons from screw-ups – A new book sheds light on Government blunders – and concludes we need “more deliberation”

January 13, 2014 By

A new book sheds light on Government blunders – and concludes we need “more deliberation” Anthony King and Ivor Crewe are two of the most respected academics in the country,…

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