What is a consultation?
“Public consultation, or simply consultation, is a regulatory process by which the public’s input on matters affecting them is sought. Its main goals are in improving the efficiency, transparency and public involvement in large-scale projects or laws and policies. It usually involves notification, consultation as well as participation.”
In other words: A team of 5 people work together on an issue, carrying out research, and compiling a report that presents the facts and suggested solutions to found problems.