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Major re-generation projects these days are always the subject of consultation, and the same goes for less comprehensive urban re-development. Other changes to our communities are also supposed to be…Read more
Last Friday was the closing date for the consultation held on “Effective consultation” – or how the Government itself, and its agencies should manage their consultations. The debate has covered…Read more
A single source of data – Eliminating wasteful data management practices may be the best case for new technology
We’re at a curious point in the adoption of new technology for public or stakeholder participation. Many organisations have intelligently dabbled; most can now boast a passable attempt to list…Read more
Were all consultations simple Yes/No votes, life would probably be simpler. Dumbed-down, maybe; but without doubt simpler! In reality, however, policy-making at all levels is complex and there are shades…Read more
Location, location, location ……… – Where you undertake consultation is as important as how you do it
If you’re among the titans of British business – or even merely a Government Minister – your acolytes gather around and solemnly advise that you should hold sensitive meetings on…Read more
Focus Groups – among those responsible for organising public participation or consultation, their popularity is beyond question. Along with surveys and questionnaires, they are the most often quoted technique used…Read more
Those who work with community involvement or consultation are familiar with Gatekeepers. They are often worthy, salt-of-the earth types whose hearts are always in the right place, and who are…Read more
Aspirational consultation – Asking people what they want is clearly a legitimate form of consultation; but is this overdone at the expense of more practical choices?
Consultation comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are tightly targeted; often highly technical, using a specialist vocabulary and part of a continuing dialogue with known stakeholders. Others…Read more