local government

How effective are Community Boards?

How effective are Community Boards?

What role are Community Boards playing across the country in local democracy? What are the opportunities for the future role of Community Boards? These two questions are at the heart of this 2018 research project by Callum Hammond and David Hammond. Community Boards were set up in 1989 through the local government reforms of the Fourth Labour Government. Now, 30 years later, this report investigates the effectiveness of Community Boards and make five recommendations for the future.

5 community engagement lessons from Island Bay's cycleway

5 community engagement lessons from Island Bay's cycleway

Island Bay’s cycleway is a fascinating community engagement case study. Not just because of the roller coaster facts. But also because of High Court’s judicial review of the consultation process. We’ve picked out five lessons from that judgment. These will be valuable for any organisation interested in involving stakeholders and communities in significant investment decisions and projects.

What should I do with my council's Community Engagement Strategy?

Answer: Bin it.

Most are superficial rubbish. An Engagement Strategy needs to understand and identify the council’s willingness to share power and be a genuine partner with communities. If your council doesn’t have a clear position on this - read on.

Is your organisation's engagement strategy in the red zone? Introducing 'Messy Democracy'

Is your organisation's engagement strategy in the red zone? Introducing 'Messy Democracy'

We live in an age of ‘messy democracy’. Citizens are seeking more genuine engagement in decision-making. And it’s messy because often different people have different demands all at the same time! Where does your organisation usually sit on the ‘messy democracy matrix’?