Not another consultation!
New guidance document, ‘Not another consultation! Making engagement informal and fun', is linked to the Government's proposals on 'big society'. It emphasises the central role that local government plays in tackling health inequalities and improving health through enhanced local democratic legitimacy and engagement with the public.
This guide has been written by Local Government (LG) Improvement and Development (formerly the IDeA)'s Healthy Communities team, following a successful project with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and NHS West Kent. They ran an informal engagement event to promote health improvement in the West Kent area.
The partnership mixed accessible engagement with activities like Indian head massage, face painting, 'smoothie bikes' and jewellery making. Health information stalls covered issues including smoking and sexual health. The group was thus able to run a lively and positive engagement event that broke the boundaries of formal consultation and moved away from box ticking. If you would like to find out how to plan, run and evaluate this kind of informal engagement event, then this guidance will help.
We are also holding a 'hotseat' (online discussion) on our Communities of Practice (CoP) platform. One of the key writers from Involve (who we commissioned to do the work) will be present on 18 November from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. To view the hotseat please visit:
Read the document in full:
Not another consultation! Making community engagement informal and fun (PDF, 86 pages, 2054KB)
12 December 2011