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  • Better Regulation Executive Code of Practice on Consultation - sets out the basic minimum principles for conducting effective Government consultations. It aims to standardise consultation practice across Government and to set a benchmark for best practice, so that all respondents would know what to expect from a national, public Government consultation.
    Code of practice on consultation (PDF,223KB) 

  • Better Regulation Executive  Impact Assessment Guidance - The guidance explains what an Impact Assessment is, which types of intervention require them and how to create one. The BRE has also produced a toolkit that provides more detailed advice and information to ensure assessments take account of all relevant factors.

  • Better together: improving consultation with the third sector : This document is divided into two parts: a research report and a practical handbook. Its intention is to help public servants understand the third sector and guide them towards a successful and mutually beneficial way of engaging with the third sector in policymaking.

  • Central-Local Government Concordat - Communities and Local Government and the Local Government Association have established an agreement to govern the relations between central and local government on the rights and responsibilities of local government, including its responsibilities to provide effective leadership of the local area and to empower local communities where possible.

  • Charity Commission - The Charity Commission for England and Wales is established by law as the regulator and registrar of charities in England and Wales.

  • Compact Code of Practice: Consultation and Policy Appraisal - This Code was published in May 2000 and it promotes effective discussion, encouraging the Government and the voluntary and community sector to communicate and work together more effectively.

  • Consultation Institute - The Consultation Institute seeks to promote public, stakeholder and employee consultation by initiating research, publications and specialist events in order to disseminate best practice and improve subsequent decision making.

  • Communities in Control – Published in July 2008, ‘Communities in control’ tells the story of power, influence and control and how people can use existing and new tools to access it. The White Paper looks at who has power, on whose behalf it is exercised, how it is held to account, and how it can be accessed by everyone in local communities.

  • Democratic Engagement Branch of the Ministry of Justice – this team in the Ministry of Justice leads on democratic engagement on a national level. Their programme covers: development of engagement tools and sharing good practice across government; projects that provide young people with practical experiences of democracy; funding research into enhancing the involvement on the public in democratic processes, and review of voting systems.

  • Digital Dialogues - Digital Dialogues is an independent review of ways in which central Government can use information and communication technology to enable and enhance public engagement. It is commissioned by the Ministry of Justice and is carried out by the Hansard Society.

  • Engage – Engage is a website that provides information to help researchers use and engage with e-research tools and technologies.

  • Equality and Human Rights Commission – this is is a non-departmental public body established under the Equality Act 2006. Its website, among many other things, provides guidance for public authorities regarding their duties and responsibilities in relation to equality issues.

  • Help the Aged: Consulting and engaging with older people - This quick-reference guide compiled directly from the comments, views and experiences sent in to Help the Aged by older people, provides a tool to those seeking to engage the participation of older citizens.  

  • Information Commissioner’s Office - The Information Commissioner's Office is the UK's independent authority set up to promote access to official information and to protect personal information. Its website provides guidance on issues such as the Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act.

  • International Association for Public Participation - IAP2 is an association of members who seek to promote and improve the practice of public participation in relation to individuals, governments, institutions, and other entities that affect the public interest in nations throughout the world.

  • Involve/National Consumer Council: Deliberative public engagement, nine principles - The aim of this jointly authored publication is to encourage and support good quality deliberative public engagement activities.

  • Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill – This Bill, introduced to Parliament in December 2006, clarifies and strengthens an existing duty on NHS bodies to involve and consult patients and the public in the planning and provision of services.

  • National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement - The NCCPE aims to make universities more welcoming and accessible and to deepen the social impact and relevance of their work. It is coordinating the work of six ‘beacons’, which are partnerships between universities, a range of public sector, third sector and media organisations to promote public engagement.

  • National Framework for Greater Citizen Engagement – This is a discussion paper published in July 2008 setting out the Government's commitment to explore new methods of involving the public in debates and decision-making on national issues.

  • Office for Disability Issues – The ODI work across Government to promote a joined up approach to the way policy is made, seeking the involvement of disabled people, promoting human rights and communicating the Government programme on disability.

  • Office of the Third Sector - As part of the Cabinet Office, the OTS leads work across government to support the environment for a third sector, enabling the sector to campaign for change, deliver public services, promote social enterprise and strengthen communities.

  • Participation Works - Participation Works is a collaboration of agencies committed to children and young people's participation in decision making.

  • Patient and Public Involvement Specialist Library - This library aims to support the implementation of patient, user, carer and public involvement in health care.

  • People and Participation – This is a website that provides a summary of participatory methods, building on work published by Involve in 2005. It is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government (Community Empowerment Division), the Ministry of Justice (Democratic Engagement Branch) and the Sustainable Development Commission.

  • Power of Information Interim Progress Report - This progress report, released in March 2008, states the advancement that Government is making towards a pledge to meet rising aspirations of modern communications practice and improve engagement with citizens through social media.

  • Small firms impact test   and small firms consultation database - This website gives the contact details for the Enterprise Directorate in BIS, explains the tools you should use to assess the impact of your policy on SMEs and can help you to consult SMEs.

  • Sciencewise - The Sciencewise Expert Resource Centre for Public Dialogue In Science and Innovation aims to help policy makers commission and use public dialogue to inform policy decisions in emerging areas of science and technology.

  • Small – This website provides resources, products and services for small business owners and start-ups, including free online advice in the form of news articles, guides, tips and features.

  • Sustainable Development Commission - The Sustainable Development Commission is the Government's independent adviser on sustainable development. The Commission produces public reports, draws on expert opinion to advise key Ministers, policy-makers and stakeholders, responds openly to Government policy initiatives and invites debates on controversial subjects.

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