26 November 2008
Kevin Brennan, Minister for the Third Sector, has announced the publication of a practical handbook to help public servants open up the consultation process to reach third sector workers on the ground and to use their experience to influence policy outcomes.
The handbook accompanies new research by Involve on effective and innovative ways of consulting with the third sector. The report was itself the product of a partnership between government and the sector, and was funded and commissioned by the Office of the Third Sector and Children England, an umbrella organisation for third sector organisations working with children, young people and their families.
Kevin Brennan, Minister for the Third Sector, said:
“One of the most fundamental tasks that the third sector undertakes is to ensure that the voices of individuals, organisations and communities are heard – including the most marginalised sections of society.
“We recognise that the unique role and the diversity of the third sector sets policy makers a challenge in conducting effective, meaningful consultation - but the benefit of getting it right makes it well worth the effort.
“Government policy has a real impact on the people whose lives we all aim to improve. This practical handbook will help policy makers work more effectively with third sector organisations, contributing to a stronger and fairer society."
The research illustrates how third sector organisations can influence the debate about local needs and can provide unique perspectives and insights as to how those needs are addressed. It also encourages an environment in which the third sector can work in partnership with government, and can campaign for change, whilst retaining its independent voice.
You can access the research via the links below. An interactive version on the handbook is also available for download below: