Physical meetings are more and more beeing augmented with virtual panel meetings on the Internet, known as e-panel meetings. E-panels provide quicker answers and do not put equally high demands since participation takes place at home. The citizen panel could be designed as a workshop lasting for one day and containing various activities. An interesting alternative is to use audience response voting device, e.g. Mentometer, which gives quick and effective answers. A citizen panel often lends goodwill to the organisation. The panel members represent only themselves and cannot be asked too frequently, about 2-4 times in six months would be appropriate. It takes quite a lot of time to manage a citizen panel - from inviting participants to asking questions, receiving answers and administering the panel, and then the results should be fed back to the panel and published.
Consultation is when a certain group is asked specific questions in the planning process. It can be both experts and stakeholders and methods vary from easy questionears to more sophisticated tools such as the English system Spaceshaper.