Planning makes perfect

Planning makes perfect

With over £100bm of new linear infrastructure projects planned between now and 2030, consultation and engagement professionals who work in the planning sector are going to be busy.  And it’s not just the benefits of the required changes that are at stake…without...
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NIHR Public Committee Members

The National Institute for Health and Care Research are looking for members of the public to join their committees. As a public committee member you will need to have a broad interest in and knowledge of health, social care and/or actions to improve public health and...
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Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) group member for a new study looking at what might lead to difficulties in attention and memory in people in the early stages of psychosis (LEVHIPPRO).

Researchers from Kings College London are looking to involve people with lived experience to join a Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) group to steer the design and delivery of their new research study. The study is looking to better understand what...
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Exploring how we can capture and use a wider range of ways of measuring wellbeing related to overweight/obesity than clinical measures such as BMI (Body Mass Index) when conducting evidence synthesis

Summary: What is the project about? We are looking at how we can improve the different parts of and approaches to the methods that we use to combine and make sense of evidence* for different stakeholders (e.g., formal systematic reviews or systematic maps). Such...
Engaging older people

Engaging older people

Engaging older people is often overlooked in the attempt to rectify pitiful levels of engagement among young people.    Given that they have the most lived experience, this really doesn’t make sense – particularly as staying socially engaged is known to improve health...
What does success look like?

What does success look like?

In the modern attention economy, consultation and engagement professionals have never had to work so hard to attract an audience. ‘Statistically insignificant” is an easy challenge that tends to focus on raw numbers instead of sound representation....
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Breast Cancer Research Study

This is a new breast cancer research study funded by Cancer Research UK and led by researchers at Oxford University.  The study aims to answer important questions about ethnicity and breast cancer. The study will investigate: Why women of African, Caribbean, Indian...
Money Troubles

Money Troubles

As more and more public bodies declare bankruptcy there are difficult decisions ahead about budget cuts and how they translate into service continuity. Getting finances “back on track” is one such theme of this timely budget discussion in Birmingham .  Despite being...
PropTech and practical AI

PropTech and practical AI

  The PropTech fund  has spawned a series of experiments around planning, technology and public consultation that are well worth following.  It’s great to see DLUCH investing in pilots and local government. Many of these experiments have focused on using AI in...
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Public advisors needed!

The Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) are looking for members of the public to join the ARC KSS as Theme Public Advisors. They currently have 5 vacancies relating to the following areas of research: Social Care Public Health Economics of...
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CONNECT Study Voices Panel

The CONNECT Study aims to understand the impact of remote consultations in contraception and sexual health services on health inequalities. The study is organised and sponsored by the University of Birmingham and they are setting up a Study Voices Panel and seeking...
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Can you help Mind by sharing your story?

Mind, the mental health charity, are creating some videos and are looking for people with living experience of personality disorders to help shape the content. They want it to be helpful, and speak to people from all backgrounds. There are two ways to get involved:...
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Hypnosis use in breast cancer care

A researcher at the University of Central Lancashire wants to hear your personal experiences of hypnosis use in breast cancer care. The project: a professional doctorate research study to carefully, and sensitively learn about the use of hypnosis in breast cancer...
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Join the Fair Evaluation Working Group

Have you taken part in evaluation activities? Do you have thoughts on how to make these activities fairer and more inclusive? The Equitable Evaluation Collective is forming a working group to co-create a plan for making evaluation in the UK fairer and more inclusive....
The forgotten approaches

The forgotten approaches

“…appreciate you coming round here, man. To be honest, I wouldn’t ‘a filled this in here otherwise. I mean, why should I give up my time for this? I hope all this does something though. Respect to you for coming out ‘ere [laughter].”  This quote is probably the best...
Resistance Is Futile

Resistance Is Futile

Seasoned consultation & engagement professionals will be familiar with Arnstein’s Ladder – one of the most widely referenced and influential models in the field of democratic public participation that stretches right back to 1969. Needless to say it’s had some...
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Who doesn’t use hospice care and why?

Dr Nicola White and Dr Sarah Yardley are researchers at University College London. Research evidence shows that it is often people who are less financially well-off, live a long way from a hospice, are part of a minority ethnic group, or identify as being from another...
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Lived Experience Research Project Lead

The Lived Experience Leadership team at Mind supports staff nationally and locally to involve people with lived experience of mental health problems in programs of work and their respective organisations. The local Mind network provides local services for people with...
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Volunteer advisory group members needed!

Healthwatch Surrey are seeking new volunteer Advisory Group members. Are you passionate about ensuring that local health and social care provision is exceptional? This voluntary role will help to ensure that Healthwatch Surrey hear as many voices as possible in...
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Long-term wounds and nursing care

Have you got a wound that has taken longer than 4 weeks to heal? Or have you had a long term wound in the last six months? Nurse researchers from Kings College London and John Hopkins University, USA are interested in talking to people living with a wound to...
Engagement technology and democratic corrosion

Engagement technology and democratic corrosion

Digital democracy is getting a hard time.  Governments are increasingly suspicious of surveillance and discrimination by algorithm, not to mention growing awareness of foreign cyber interference.  A recent EU report paints a dark picture of democratic corrosion –...
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Macmillan Cancer Support Innovation Community

The Innovation Community, a health initiative by Macmillan Cancer Support, brings together a diverse group of people living with or affected by cancer, sharing their experiences, skills and knowledge enabling Macmillan to shape their Innovation services and products....
Why you need a more realistic avatar

Why you need a more realistic avatar

When fellow guru Jonathan Bradley sent me a message asking me “what would the ultimate citizen engagement platform look like?”, it got me thinking. Interconnected worlds have interconnected problems.  Take global food security, climate change or economic stability as...
Online questionnaires are not all equal

Online questionnaires are not all equal

A truly British invention, the humble questionnaire has been the ‘bread and butter’ of collecting feedback since it was invented circa 1800.  You could, therefore, be forgiven for considering them old fashioned compared to modern interactive and immersive...
Don’t gamble with meaningful consultation

Don’t gamble with meaningful consultation

Today saw the launch of the Gambling Act Review White Paper which attracted much attention, partly because it proposed that new measures were subject to further consultation.  During the lively debate, one opposition MP said “Today is a momentous occasion that many...
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We heart Big Brother

We heart Big Brother is an exciting new theatre-based project by a team of researchers at the University of Exeter and Edinburgh, and immersive theatre company Four of Swords. This summer, they are workshopping an adaption of George Orwell’s classic novel Nineteen...
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Understanding Experiences of Dementia

In this study by York University, researchers want to understand what matters to people living with dementia or memory problems. They will use what they find to create a new section for a website called Socialcaretalk.org. The website will include hundreds of extracts...
It’s time to talk about the economy

It’s time to talk about the economy

There is a new crisis brewing in the wake of the pandemic and it concerns our modified behaviours.  In shaping a more digital future, assumptions around supply and demand are creating inequalities.  For example, bank branches are closing ‘en-masse’ as customers have...
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Accessing services in Barnet

Habitus Collective is working with the London Borough of Barnet to understand the experiences of Disabled residents, as well as residents with accessibility or mobility needs, or long-term health conditions, or those who may identify as neurodivergent. They want to...
A cure for the easily distracted

A cure for the easily distracted

The attention economy is the collective human capacity to engage with the many elements in our environments that demand mental focus. The term reflects an acknowledgement that the human capacity for attention is limited and that the content and events vying for that...
Stepping stones for a Net Zero society

Stepping stones for a Net Zero society

Building a Net Zero society is going to zap a lot of consultation and engagement energy.  That is, if we want to do it justice.  Forget the ban on plastic straws, that was easy.  Delivering real behavior change, such as a new low emissions zone, is demonstrably...
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Voice of the consumer discussion groups

Register by the end of March. The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) are holding some discussion groups about rehabilitation services. The groups are for people with one or more eye conditions. Date:  From April 2023 Duration:  2 hours 15 minutes Where: ...
Using AI in consultation and engagement work

Using AI in consultation and engagement work

Edit : Turns out that you’ll get the most out of ChatGPT if you learn how prompting works. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ You might have heard a lot about AI recently and how it is set to disrupt a number of industries.  For...
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Access all labs!

When people walk into a building, they assume they will be able to open doors, walk upstairs to get to the next level, go to the toilet when needed. Unfortunately, disabled people cannot make these assumptions in many buildings, even modern ones. Buildings that house...
A questionable questionnaire

A questionable questionnaire

A rather important consultation on draft legislation to support identity verification emerged from government in January this year.  You can imagine the headlines – “The beginning of the end for privacy and freedom?”. Probably a good idea to do the...
The numbers game

The numbers game

It’s a common misconception that consultation is a vote but even those “in the know” realise that a popular outcome is the best way to justify a change.  Focusing on the numbers is not entirely helpful; questions should instead be raised about representation and the...
Academic engagement is on the rise

Academic engagement is on the rise

Many people do not realise but UK Universities have been taking the lead when it comes to public engagement. The most common justification of this engagement work is aligned to a sense of civic responsibility, to respond to societal needs and challenges. For example,...
Employee consultation

Employee consultation

The fiasco with P&O Ferries and their lack of employee consultation leading up to mass redundancies is a timely reminder that you can’t skirt the law.  However, not all consultations are equal. Employees are entitled to a consultation with their employer if...
ACEP Launch

ACEP Launch

We have to start now Sue Hayman is a Shadow Minister on Housing, Communities and Local Government and on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the House of Lords.  In the summer of 2022 she rightly concluded that there needs to be greater emphasis on a consultation...
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Do you have one or more eye conditions?

Are you willing to share your experience of living with an eye condition(s) whether that’s in one or both eyes?  The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) understand there are different levels of vision as well as blindness, so they want to hear from a range...