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Panels with a Purpose – Given the choice between consulting the willing or the unwilling, most of us will choose the former!

Citizens Panels have now come of age, and play an important role in Local Government consultation. They have, however, their detractors. Some claim that once people become members of a panel for a while they cease being a typical or representative member of the public, and their views cannot therefore be extrapolated for the population as a whole. Others find that they prefer to engage with members of the public afresh whenever a new consultation is initiated, and are wary of the professional consultee.

Against this is the undoubted advantage that people who join Citizens Panels are the willing, and consultors are assured of reasonably high response rates and the ability to track the changing perceptions of a defined group over time.

 

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About the Author

Rhion Jones is considered a leading authority on Public Engagement and Consultation. A founding Director of the Consultation Institute, he is co-author of “The Art of Consultation” (2009) and “The Politics of Consultation” (2018). He has delivered over 500 training courses and Masterclasses and is a prolific writer on the subject, having written over 350 different Topic papers and over 50 full Briefing Papers for the Institute. Since 2003 over 15,000 person-days of training based on courses he invented have been delivered. Rhion is in demand as an entertaining Keynote Speaker and Special Adviser, particularly on the Law of Consultation, and its implications for Government and other Public Bodies. In 2017, he was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.

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