#TOTW No.5 Deliberative Opinion Panel

A big problem with traditional opinion surveys is that they capture uninformed opinion. Some things in life are so complex that other people are paid good money to know a lot about a particular subject. E.g. genetically modified food, nuclear power or NHS reconfiguration.  So when we ask people to express their opinions about complex things […]

Technique of the Week No. 5 – Animation. How does it help?

So what are the benefits of using animations for engagement and consultation? Well first of all people generally like watching cartoons.  Don’t they? So animation helps to present information (that is often complex when it comes to public engagement) to your audience in the form of something enjoyable and memorable. It helps you to leave a […]

Technique of the Week 004 – The hashtag

Technique of the Week 004 – The Hashtag What is a hashtag? (#) “If you’re a social media novice, hashtags — those short links preceded by the pound sign (#) — may seem confusing and unnecessary. But they are integral to the way we communicate online, and it’s important to know how to use them (even though some people, […]

Technique of the week #3 – Citizens Jury

This week’s technique is the a Citizens Jury. What’s it all about?  A Citizens Jury is a deliberative technique that encourages people to come together to discuss  (often complicated) policy decisions.  ‘The great advantage of the Citizens Jury process is that it yields citizen input from a group that is both informed about an issue […]

Technique of the Week #002 Unconference

This week’s technique is the unconference. What’s it all about?  An unconference is a collaborative affair where people come together to discuss a common issue.  It stands out from traditional conferences because the participants set the agenda and lead the discussions.  It is similar to Open Space events. How does it work? A day or […]