A 'how to?' guide to consultation
This consultation toolkit is designed to be an easy to understand, step-by-step guide. It is not intended to be prescriptive, but to give you helpful hints, tips and advice for planning and carrying out consultation work.
Whether or not there is a legal obligation to consult, if consultation takes place, it must be carried out fairly and comply with the following principles:
- Consultation must be at a place when proposals are still at a formative stage
- The proposer must give sufficient reasons for its proposals to allow consultees to understand them and respond to them properly
- Give sufficient time for responses to be made and considered
- Responses must be conscientiously taken into account
In addition to the steps outlined below, you also need to consider:
If occasions arise where the guidance or time frame are not appropriate (for example, if a shorter consultation period is required) or need to be changed, please indicate the reasons for this.
The toolkit is broken down into eight steps:
- Step 1 - defining your project aims and objectives
- Step 2 - resourcing your consultation
- Step 3 - the level and method of consultation required
- Step 4 - identifying with whom to consult
- Step 5 - making sure your consultation is inclusive
- Step 6 - planning your consultation
- Step 7 - using the results
- Step 8 - evaluation of your consultation
By clicking the above links, you will find a range of tools and advice to help you with each step of the consultation tool kit.
If you need help, more information or to register a consultation, please contact: