The financial and economic crisis, of which we have heard so much discussion since 2007-8, is only one aspect of a whole series of underlying political trends which have been apparent for much longer: a crisis of (in)equality and of increased precarity of the workforce, a human rights crisis, a demographic crisis, an ecological crisis, a crisis in civil liberties, and above all a crisis in democracy.
An online consultation or e-consultation is the use of electronic computing and communication technologies in consultation processes. Online consultations can be effective tools in encouraging participation and gathering responses to consultation documents and social policy issues as part of a broader range of methodologies. This form of participation has no minimum or maximum amount of individuals who can participate. It also usually allows participants the freedom of selecting what time to engage in participation and how often.
The case study features online consultations and in person hearings intended to reform the mental health, mental illness and addiction services in the Canadian healthcare system. The study, conducted by The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, includes four reports. The final report made 118 recommendations to reform the mental health and illness and addiction services.
In 2008 the provincial government of New Brunswick, Canada published its Provincial Health Plan 2008-2012. This plan identified several problems or challenges respecting the province's health care system, including "an aging population," high rates of chronic diseases linked to unhealthy lifestyles, a shortage of health care personnel, rising health care costs, and citizens' heightened expectations for health services delivery.
The purposes of the CommonGround public deliberations in the U.S. state of New Mexico were to demonstrate a new mode of policy communication between New Mexico's citizens and civic leaders, and to create policy guidelines that could inform changes to early childhood development and education policy in New Mexico, changes intended to foster improved social outcomes for New Mexico's children.