A few months ago we started a trend (admittedly not as popular as the #nomakeupselfie, but a trend nonetheless) in which, each Friday we’d list all of the excellent consultations that had made us do a little dance in the office. Now, it’s fair to say that we then got a bit busy and forgot that we’d started this trend, but we just remembered about it so…it’s back!
Kicking us off for spring are these three barnstorming consultations.
1. With some rather lovely images and maps is Transport for London and its consultation on Improving Elephant and Castle. The images used are not just there for effect, but tell the respondents something about the consultation they are about to complete – they add to the overall understanding of the proposals.
Pro tip: Make sure your image is useful for your respondents – does adding an image of a wine glass in a consultation about alcohol really add to the understanding of the topic?
2. The Delib UK office is in Bristol – a beautiful city, made more so by the amount of water flowing in and around it. Sadly, in the past few months that water has not been flowing in such a controlled manner, and we’re sure you have seen the media images on the recent flooding and damage in the Somerset levels and on the south coast.
Bristol City Council is running a consultation on its flooding strategy, which will by no means be the only one of its kind, but it’s a good one. They’ve made excellent use of a video and embedded documents to provide more information on an important topic.
Pro tip: You too can make like Bristol City Council and get some rich media in your consultations, we’ve written a number of articles explaining how to embed documents, images and videos.
3. Many people want to have their say on healthcare provision in their area. Stockport CCG is giving residents in Greater Manchester their chance to do this by combining with Healthier Together to consult on community-based care. It’s a great example of real engagement on healthcare.
Pro tip: If you run a consultation in partnership with another organisation you can add a custom logo to it. We’ve written an article on how to do this.
We’ll have even more to share with you by the end of this week, but if you have any suggestions or you have created a consultation you would like to tell us about then please get in touch.