Whatever the sector, the process of public decision-making must be well understood and respected, and the relevant players kept informed whilst respecting their own agenda.
In order to understand, debates, procedures, the positions of the various parties and the identification of the players must be closely monitored.
In order to inform, we must advance arguments and produce figures and studies that respond to the needs of the decision makers, and do so at the right moment.
The tools we use are generally written: summary papers, technical papers, studies, legal analyses, surveys etc.
Finally, of course, face-to-face contact is often necessary – usually in the form of meetings, and, more rarely, round tables, information lunches or fact-finding trips with a pre-defined working programme.