- News Feeds, Photo Galleries, Guest Book and Question and Answer feature within the front landing page A number of alternative methods to undertake online engagement including:
- Traditional surveys (between an individual and Council)
- Open discussion forums (“Smart Forums”) enabling the community to have a conversation both with Council and with one another.
- Quick polls
- Add on “Widgets” within each project page including Frequently Asked Questions, image/photo gallery, embedded video, document libraries, slideshows, key dates and identified project teams.
- Social sharing allowing for RSS feeds, social media links (Facebook, Twitter, Linked in) and bulk email notifications allowing us to message participants.
Registration is required to participate in online discussion forums: it's free and very easy to join and use. Additionally, participants can comment anonymously by selecting an alias of their choice and registration also allows participants to nominate topics of interest to be kept informed of.
This program will be overseen by our Community Planner, Helen Hoare, and we are looking to run training for staff who regularly undertake consultation and engagement in early December. This will focus both on the use and features of the tool as well as provide helpful tips and hints for those preparing engagement forums and questions .
In the first instance, we have agreed that this project is considered a trial and over the next 6 months we will be reviewing our use of other data gathering mediums, such as the Community Panel and LGA survey to ensure we have the most adaptable, efficient, user-friendly and relevant tools at our disposal.
I welcome your feedback on Your Say Unley - all comments, ideas, concerns and suggestions are encouraged. It's all part of the improvement and development process.