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  1. Thanks Lou, this is really useful. We can take it to the events we are running at BIS during social media week and test it with colleagues.
    I particularly like the reference to forums. Because of the breadth of policy areas covered by BIS, there seem to be few specific audience networks on Twitter (unlike health) so we have a job to encourage colleagues to spend time looking at specialist forums. Advanced Google search has been useful for that – worth adding in, or did I miss it?

    1. Hi Tim – thanks for the comments, they’re really reassuring. Please pass feedback on – I’d like for this to be useful and referred to rather than ‘just another document’.

      In the Forums section in the document there is a reference to Advanced Google Search but no walkthrough – do you think it needs one? If so, will add.

  2. Thanks for the links Ade,

    You will probably see the parrallels between your research group(s) and the issues every research group, in every profession, globally, has been contending with since the web was invented. Open policy making IS open research/education. You’ve seen what happens in the social media space where people like yourself find their fellow stakeholders/researchers/cop/coi in the “Group” space on various platforms. So we can determine the need for a directory for groups (to their virtual rooms), which is retained as an archive. That’s 1.

    We also have to consider how people might find out about an inquiry in a world of dominated by broadcast media. So there needs to be some formalization of the step between watching/listening to a TV/radio programme, like the BBC’s question time, and an online space related to the “quiz or review show’. That’s 2.

    We also need to know that contributors are citizens (perhaps from foreign countries). So there’s the need for a my.gov.uk account (or equivilent). That’s 3.

    The tools don’t seem to be all that important, so long as they’re intuitive. And of course people will learn from what they see, so perhaps a “battle of the consultations” award might be a way of encouraging post mortems and improving on ‘a process’. (This GDS space is certainly nicely laid out, but it could use quite a few additions. e.g. it would be nice if surfers could ‘share’ this page on a few Linkedin, etc groups, and you could track that)

    The series of inquiries might also be useful. http://www.katelundy.com.au/category/campaigns/publicsphere/ (runs ‘bottom up’)

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