New partnership to strengthen consultation analysis and reduce the risk of legal challenge

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The Consultation Institute (tCI), the UK’s principal voice on stakeholder consultation, and QSR International, developers of leading research software, NVivo, have announced a partnership to offer consultation practitioners and government authorities an innovative way to reduce risk of legal challenge and judicial review of consultation findings.

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In times of austerity there is a dramatic increase in consultation projects as government agencies and bodies seek to understand impacts.

For the first time, a combined tCI-NVivo training program will provide practitioners with new efficiencies, such as faster delivery of robust consultation findings based on inclusive practise, and transparent, evidence based stakeholder outcomes.

TCI’s Programme Director, Rhion Jones said, “In times of austerity there is a dramatic increase in consultation projects as government agencies and bodies seek to understand impacts. Teaming tCI training with NVivo will ensure that bodies can be confident in their decisions and eliminate grounds for legal challenge.”

The Consultation Institute has found that 67% of consultation practitioners are concerned that their organisation may face legal challenges as a result of actions based on consultation findings. The transparency and audit trail that NVivo offers practitioners is a key risk management instrument allowing organisations to remain focussed on best serving their stakeholders.

QSR International CEO, John Owen said, “We’re delighted to work with tCI to offer services to government departments that will help their teams implement time saving approaches to best practice consultation; and enable teams to make sense of large volumes of data in multiple formats like social media, community meetings and focus groups, and increase research transparency.”

Inclusivity is crucial to the consultation process, as specified in the Equality Act 2010. NVivo allows practitioners to engage in different dialogue methods to reach those who might otherwise be overlooked and, importantly, provides proof those communities were involved.

A white paper evaluating the use of NVivo in stakeholder consultation will shortly be available for download from http://explore.qsrinternational.com/better-data-analysis-nvivo. You can register to receive a copy now.

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