Book News: September 21st, 2006

The Your Health, Your Care, Your Say initiative for the Department of Health, which was completed last year, created one of the largest and most ambitious public engagement exercises ever mounted in the UK. The aims were to ensure that the public were actively involved in deliberative debates on contentious issues including ‘trading off’ public investment in differenttypes of health and social care servicesThis report summarises the results of an evaluation study which examines the whole process but which focuses on the ‘listening exercise’ – the local, regional and national deliberative events that enabled members of the public to discuss a range of topics. The evaluation study aimed to come to conclusions about the extent to which the methodology chosen and the delivery of initiative met the objectives set, and draw out learning for future public engagement activity.

The report is available at: http://www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidanceArticle/fs/en?CONTENT_ID=413862&chk=CUl0La