The Consultation Institute Conference 2017 - Honesty in public engagement

Date: 7th June 2017    Venue: Birmingham, ETC Maple House, Birmingham (150 Corporation St, Birmingham B4 6TB)

Meaningful consultation has traditionally relied upon trust and confidence that public bodies told the truth and genuinely listen. The post-truth age challenges these assumptions and some fear a retreat from evidence-based decision-making.

This Conference explores the implications and offers practical solutions for consultation and engagement professionals, policy-makers and managers of public services across the UK



Breakfast Networking


Welcome and Introduction
Quintin Oliver, tCI Chair


What post-truth means for Public Consultation
Rhion Jones, tCI Director


KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Lies, Damned Lies and Consultations
followed by audience questions to our 'expert witness’
Ben Goldacre


Coffee and exhibition + ‘speed-networking’


The politics of changing public services - will facts ever convince the sceptics?
John Underwood, Director of the Centre for Health Communication Research, Bucks New University


Midday Breakouts: Truth in Consultation!
Case Studies

  1. Why Health consultations are challenged in Court
    Rosa Curling, Leigh Day – to be confirmed
  2. Assessing the quality of expert evidence – the defeat of Big Tobacco
    Speaker to be confirmed
  3. The Fracking Issue – truth and lies in the environmental debate
    John Twitchen, Head of Cities and Communities, PSCG



Fake News: anti-social media and how to handle it
Jonathan Bradley, tCI Fellow and Director, Participate

How Seldom-True damages the Seldom Heard
Kalsoom Bashir, Co-Director, Inspire


Tea and cake 


Teatime Breakouts: Success through Consultation

  1. Community Hospitals in North Devon - Katherine Allen tbc
  2. Library Services in Warwickshire – Kushal Birla 
  3. The Mental Health Pound in County Durham – Sue Ritchie
  4. Fire Stations in Essex and Hampshire – Mike Bartram / Nick Duffin 

Closing Keynote: Safeguarding the Integrity of Debate
Dame Sue Bruce DBE


Conclusion and Conference Close
Quintin Oliver, tCI Chair

Drinks Reception


Early Bird prices

Valid until Friday 31st March 2017

CPD holder*: £195.00
Member: £240.00
Non member: £295.00


Standard ticket prices

Valid from Saturday 1st April 2017

CPD holder*: £215.00
Member: £275.00
Non member: £345.00

* If you have your Certificate of Professional Development (CPD), please contact us on or call 01767 318350 to claim your additional discount

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