Effective Policy Making - Workbook Five - From Consultation to Announcement

Date published: 05 June 2007

In Workbook One we looked at the importance of consultation and the need to develop a consultation plan at the outset of the policy process. It highlighted that consultation should be a continuous process that needs to be started early in the policy.



This section builds on this and deals specifically with the formal consultation period which often precedes a final decision and should involve the issue of a written consultation document. In particular it looks at planning the formal consultation, provides a best practice template for a consultation document developed from the Cabinet Office guidance and outlines the process of analysing responses, taking account of best practice guidance from Northern Ireland and beyond.

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