Types of Consultation

Consultation can take a number of forms. It may be a one-off exercise or extend over a period of time:

Type When to use it Explanation 1 - Informing Where a decision has been taken and consultation is not required Telling local communities what is being planned or implemented 2 - Researching Where information is needed to help to make a decision Gathering information on opinions, attitudes and priorities to inform policy decision-making 3 - Consulting Where views will be taken into consideration when making a decision Obtaining views on proposals or initiatives and taking them into account when decisions are made. This might be: a) Discretionary b) By agreement or compulsory 4 - Involving Where we are asking for ideas and encouraging involvement in making a decision Seeking out new ideas and suggestions and encouraging stakeholders or the community to participate in the decision-making process 5 - Partnership Where we are making a decision with others Initiating joint working and decision-making with the local community and other stakeholders Source: Consultation Policy: The Learning Trust, The Technology & Learning Centre