Basics of Consultation

1. Articulate the purpose of the consultation

  • means of engaging stakeholders
  • communication of ideas to increase public engagement

2. Establish the principles governing the conduct of the consultations:

  • open and exploratory vs. focused and contained

3. Create focus – what do you want the consultation to be about, such as:

  • what are the key challenges faced by populations identified
  • short comings of existing programs
  • what are the feasible options moving forward

4. Identify stakeholders

  • create stakeholder database to ensure easy and complete communications

5. Develop implementation plan

  • how will stakeholders be consulted
  • when will the consultations take place
  • what will be handed out before hand
  • develop methods
    • focus groups
    • community forums
    • workshops
    • surveys