Engaging and consulting people is just the beginning. What people
say also has to be received, collated, analysed, and interpreted.
Imagine you are the person who has to read hundreds or even thousands
of submissions and then summarise them for a report. You have
to organise all that information before you can even read it -
and somehow you have to keep track of what it all means before
you can even begin to summarise it.
This is why Dialogue by Design has developed software that enables
every submission to be displayed on a single screen. All you then
have to do is read a submission and decide how to file and cross-reference
You can then see exactly how many people have mentioned which
issues, and you can even use a keyword search to find specific
responses to copy and paste into your summary.
The collation software feeds automatically into the reporting
stage, saving more time overall.
Starting with the collated responses to a consultation we can
analyse and interpret further to summarise a balanced picture
of the participants’ views, to draw out the various strands
of argument and to identify any issues that should be taken into
account (such as campaign group activity) that might otherwise
distort the results.