All policies, whether new, under comprehensive review, or containing a non-minor change to an existing policy, must undergo consultation. Polices with only minor changes are exempt from this requirement.
The purpose of consultation is to engage end users and other stakeholders in advance of a policy or policy revision being published so that:
- the clarity and accuracy of the information may be confirmed;
- gaps in the policy might be identified; and
- to engage these audiences in change management.
The following table provides some guidance for policy owners when determining the audiences with whom consultation should occur. Selection from these lists would depend on the nature of the policy content. Each owner should determine which of these groups/individuals are impacted by the policy and procedure.
|Category of Policy||Audiences to Consider while Planning Consultation|
|Operations||This is a miscellaneous grouping of policies and the consultative bodies vary widely by the policy content.|