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Cash for Consultees? – Is it justified to pay people to take part in consultations?
One of the legacies of the 1990’s was revulsion with so-called sleaze and a raft of anti-corruption machinery such as the Nolan Rules. As a result, those who become involved…Read more
Seasonal Goodwill – Creating the right mood music
One of the ironies of the Xmas period is that the most frenetic, congested, over-hyped, commercially-crazed weeks of the year is meant to be imbued with a sustained veneer of…Read more
A Blueprint for Consultation Skills Training & Development for Local Authorities & Public Bodies
Contents Context – 1 Rationale for training investment – 2 Ten Steps: – 5 1 – Review current consultation – 5 2 – Creation of Consultation network – 5 3 – Training Needs Analysis…Read more
The Budget 2005: Consultation References
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…Read more
Self-defence! – Consultation is like justice. It must not just be done – it must be seen to be done!
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”…Read more
Counting the cost of consultation – The basic laws of arithmetic apply to consultation as well!
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…Read more
The REAL cost of consultation – It is easy to forget that the biggest commitment of resources is by consultees – not consultors!
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…Read more
The Consultation Window – Unless there is sufficient time to undertake a professional consultation, it might be better not to do it at all!
“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 –…Read more
The second rung of the ladder – The role of consultation in the famous Ladder of Participation is not always understood
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…Read more
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