Posts Categorised: Stakeholder Management

Smarter engagement : Harnessing public voice in policy challenges

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“If government can engage citizens more effectively, it can secure more effective and less divisive outcomes. Four drivers for change make it vital to involve citizens in decisions:

  • reductions – the Spending Review, increased pressure on the NHS and cuts to welfare will require citizens to adapt to leaner or reconfigured services
  • infrastructure – much of the UK’s existing infrastructure must be replaced or replenished, but citizens must be convinced of the need for local disruption
  • digital – the process of digitisation requires citizens to adapt to new ways of accessing services
  • innovation – the way that services are designed and delivered is changing, moving to greater collaboration with citizens.

Source: Institute for Government (UK) and available from this link.

The Value of Fire Stations and the Management of Relocations From a Community Perspective

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The research identified that fire stations were unanimously valued as providing a sense of safety in emergency situations, albeit fires, road accidents or as a first responder to health-related emergencies. Fire stations / brigades were primarily valued as a central component of the community or alternatively valued as an important emergency responder. There were both negative and positive impacts of the loss or gain of a fire station on a community.

Source: New Zealand Fire Service and available from this link.