advise

We can advise you when stakeholder involvement is appropriate, when it is not and how it works

design

If participation is the best way forward we design a process that is coherent and fit for purpose. This could be a one off event or a longer process involving a sequence of workshops interspersed with activities such as gathering information, checking ideas or drafting text

include

We help you identify who needs to be involved whether this is at a strategic or local level or even to build agreement within your organisation. We help get people along and we brief them about the issues and their role in the process. We also manage their expectations about what can be achieved

facilitate

We run workshops to help people do the following: agree the long-term vision; scope the issues; share and collate information; think of ideas and solutions and seek out win/wins. In longer processes we ensure time is given to allow people to check back with those they represent before decisions are firmed up and committed to paper

record

We record what is said on flip chart paper to ensure all participants see what is recorded and know they have been listened to. After the event this is typed up and put in a user-friendly format

write

We can write plans, strategies and reports that express what was agreed in the process. We do this in a user-friendly way that is easy to read and easy to navigate - or we can advise you how to do this yourself

train

We provide training courses for environmental professionals and researchers/scientists that include: how to work with stakeholders, relevant skills and principles of good practice

evaluate

We evaluate public and stakeholder dialogue projects to ensure credibility, good design and delivery and impact

explain

We offer briefing seminars that include the following: the benefits of stakeholder dialogue; why consensus does not mean ‘selling out’; the role of science and expert knowledge; and the policy and legislative drivers for participation (e.g. the Participation Directive and the Ecosystem Approach)

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