We are very happy to announce our first ever get-together for Citizen Space users in Northern Ireland, Ireland and the Isle of Man on Wednesday 10th May in Belfast. Customer user groups have been running since 2014, and are always a high point in the calendar for us. Annual meet ups have already been established in London, Scotland and Australia so we’re really excited to add another pin on the map!
What are the user groups about?
User groups bring together anyone who works in public/stakeholder consultation to share best practice and inspiration; they’re always a great opportunity to hear what others in your field are up to. (For example, check out some of our lessons learnt from the recent Scottish user group in Edinburgh.) User groups are also an opportunity to meet other users who might have a similar job role or challenge within their organisation.
What will the day involve?
The user groups focus on talks and conversations on all things digital engagement (as well as chats over a free lunch!), and tend to include the following:
- Show-and-tell of recent or upcoming engagement exercises by current users. Review of the process and challenges of how you do consultation
- Citizen Space roadmap – we’ll talk through our plans for development and get your input
- An opportunity to meet other Citizen Space users from across local and central government
- Digital surgery on any questions/topics requested
In previous years, we’ve had talks on topics like building a quality consultation process, how to structure analysis, digital transformation, managing promotion and how to create great consultation content; we’ve also had reports of good consultations (and bad ones) and what has been learnt from them, and much more besides.
We’ve already sent out invites to customers for the day and spaces are filling up fast. If you are interested in attending but haven’t received an invite please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch this space for lessons learnt from the session 🙂