What are public inquiries meant to achieve and can we do it faster, cheaper and better?
There are a number of public inquiries into child abuse being undertaken in the British Isles. They are likely to take 3-10 years to conclude and with costs for each public inquiry running at between £8m-£20m per year. While public inquiries remain the standard governmental response in the UK to managing sensitive matters of public interest and public concern, the former Lord Chief Justice, recently questioned inquiries "sucking huge amounts of resources" out the system in a time of austerity and suggested it was time to consider a different approach.
This programme will bring together thinkers, professionals and experts from a range of disciplines and interests to consider whether the same or better results could be achieved by other means and what those means might look like and to identify any lessons / approaches which might assist current public inquiries in the UK. The sessions will have the wider aims of providing a range of materials to launch a public dialogue on how the purposes of inquiries might be otherwise achieved and informing an online resource for professionals commissioning and conducting inquiries.
There will be 2 workshops held at the Scottish Universities Insight Institute in Glasgow
30-31 January 2017
6-7 March 2017