Launch of research programme
From E-Consultation Guide
On 20th May 2004, Minister Sile de Valera will be launching the N-S Research Programme for Peace and Reconcilliation, in Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan.
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- You are one of two staff in a community or voluntary group
- You have received 25-page consultation documents from each of 120 public bodies
- They have given you 8 weeks to reply
- It happened in June 2000, when devolved public bodies started having to consult the public.
- They had to consult on the equality impact of their policies.
- Under direct rule, they rarely consulted
- Unlike councils in England which have spent 20 years learning how to consult.
- Currently there are 41 consultations listed on the NI Executive Central Consultation Register
- It is the use of electronic computing and communication technologies in consultation. This complements existing consultation mechanisms.
- Succesfully used by:
- Dutch government agencies.
- Researchers at the German National Research Labs. for Computing.
- East Belfast Partnership Board
- As shown at our E-consultation workshop
- We aim to turn e-consultation from an experimental idea to a practical option for community, voluntary and public sector bodies in areas affected by conflict.
- Engaging excluded citizens in governance.
- Improving consultation processes.
- Developing a more participatory democracy.
- Contributing to the survival of the peace process.
- We cannot just copy what works in German town planning, US politics or business decision-making.
- We need to research consultation technologies and processes appropriate to local needs and conditions.