Who we are
E-consultation and participation
'Consultation' is often
used as an umbrella term to cover many different
types of process. We use a number of words, defined
as follows, to convey what we mean and to avoid misunderstandings.
||as an umbrella term to describe any process that involves
contact with the public, from providing information to running
formal consultation processes.
||to describe a relatively formal and structured process
through which citizens and stakeholders can comment on and
contribute to the decisions and policies that affect them.
||to indicate a process in which stakeholders have some control
of the process, the agenda, and the decisions. Participative
processes differ from consultation processes in that they
involve the participants more deeply, they tend to involve
the same people through several stages, and the results are
||to describe a person
or organisation perceiving themselves to have a stake in