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Consultation and accountability – Holding organisations to account for the quality of their consultations
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.…Read more
Out of the Blue! – A new test to ascertain whether public bodies are ready for a serious consultation.
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…Read more
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?
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…Read more
Community engagement – being on the ball! – Why we need to understand and support community initiatives from the sporting and commercial sectors
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;…Read more
Making the weather – Influencing the climate of opinion may be easier than improving the UK’s weather!
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.…Read more
Lessons from screw-ups – A new book sheds light on Government blunders – and concludes we need “more deliberation”
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,…Read more
Emergency services – Public respect for some of our public services is a great asset for public engagement and consultation
It only needs a quick look at the public response to a tragedy such as that which occurred in Glasgow a few days ago to appreciate the amazing public esteem…Read more
For those who have been glued to television screens to follow the various commemorations of the life of the former South African President, a frequent refrain will have been the…Read more
It has long been asserted that a public consultation is fault-intolerant. By this we mean that one can be successful at almost everything required but fail on one relatively small…Read more