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Tackling transport issues at Bristol City Council

The city of Bristol faces many transport challenges: high levels of congestion in a city can lead to poor air quality, reduced safety for cyclists and pedestrians and an unreliable public transport system. With the number of homes and jobs in Bristol set to rise in the next 20 years, it is vital that the transport system fully supports the city’s growth.

Bristol City Council wanted to gather the public’s views on transport; to learn about the issues citizens faced with getting around the city and hear their opinions on proposed solutions. Options included the introduction of a tram system, an underground system and improvements to train routes in the city, amongst others.

They decided to use Priority Simulator, a digital tool which gives people the chance to make trade offs between competing priorities to achieve a balanced set of options.

Priority Simulator allowed people to learn through the process of participation, considering transport improvements for Bristol alongside one another and looking at funding options to enable improvements to be made.

Citizens aren’t always given the chance to be involved in complex policy decisions but using Simulator let them have a say and gain a real insight into what councils face when deciding on important issues such as transport strategies.

The consultation was well-promoted by the council and covered by local press in the city. The ability to share responses via social media gave people the chance to see how other citizens would prioritise transport too, making the process more interactive and providing transparency.

All of the responses to the simulator will inform the final Bristol Transport Strategy which will be adopted in full by the council in 2019. 

Digital Heroes – Andrew Greenway

A civil servant for 6 years, Andrew Greenway has worked in a lot of different areas of government, most notably at the Government Digital Service (GDS) in its early days. He’s now a partner at Public Digital, a small consultancy which helps governments and large companies with digital transformation and adapting to the internet era.

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How BEIS improved citizen engagement online

The UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have been using Citizen Space for a number of years, consulting on a range of issues from low-carbon electricity generation, to modern working practices, to ensuring restaurant and hospitality workers receive their fair share of tips.

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Prioritising Police Services in Northern Ireland

As part of their 2018 Local Policing review, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB) sought the views of the public to help shape the future of policing. They launched a public consultation to explore how the police could best meet public demand and deliver the most effective local policing in times of reducing budgets. Through the consultation they encouraged citizens to learn about which issues the police are dealing with, and help to prioritise them.

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The Practical Democracy Project: Dublin

After the success of taking the Practical Democracy Project around the UK and to New Zealand, we decided it was about time we took it to our neighbours across the Irish sea. Some of the Delib team descended on the very cool Tara Building in Dublin on October 24th for an evening event of democracy-related chat, drinks from Hopfully Brewing and donuts from Offbeat.  

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Digital Heroes – Neil Williams

I recently had the pleasure of heading to the big smoke to interview the lovely Neil Williams to bring back our Digital Heroes series. He’s just left GDS after 7 years and will soon be starting his new role as Chief Digital Officer at Croydon Council. We sat down for a coffee (in the very swanky GDS offices in Aldgate East) and had a chat about all the cool things he’s worked on in the past 7 years, and all the good stuff to come in Croydon. 

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Some musings from our NI/ROI User Group

Last week, some of the Delib team headed to Bangor, Northern Ireland to host the second UK Delib User Group of 2018. Held in the very beautiful Bangor Town Hall, home of Ards and North Down Borough Council, it was a chance to get some of our Irish and Northern Irish customers together to chat about the work they’re doing around consultation.

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Introducing our newest consultant: Joel Allen

As Delib continues to grow, we’re delighted to welcome new people to the team. Our newest recruit is Joel, joining our UK office after a stint of travelling the world. We caught up with him in his first week about all those important topics: music, biscuits and his desert island picks.

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Dialogue: now available in v3!

We’re happy to introduce Dialogue v3! We’ve made this major update to help governments continue interacting with the public with openness and transparency.

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OneTeamGov goes Global

Following the successes of their smaller, localised events (like the one we went to in Edinburgh last year), the good folks at OneTeamGov have been working away for months to produce their first global unconference. It all came together and on July 16th some of the Delib team headed to London to get stuck in.

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