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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

Agenda

09.00

Breakfast Networking

10.00

Welcome and Introduction
Quintin Oliver, tCI Chair

10.15

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

10.30

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

11.15

Coffee and exhibition + ‘speed-networking’

11.30

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

12.00

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
12.45

Lunch

13.45

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

14.45

Tea and cake 

15.00

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 
15.45

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

16.15

Conclusion and Conference Close
Quintin Oliver, tCI Chair

Drinks Reception

Pricing

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 martinr@consultationinstitute.org or call 01767 318350 to claim your additional discount

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