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Citizens' Juries: Saviour Of Community Engagement?

Across Australia Citizens’ Juries and Participatory Budgeting are receiving lots of attention. The draft of Victoria’s new Local Government Act, for example, mentions the umbrella term, “Deliberative Community Engagement" no less than 31 times! OurSay offers a 30 day, obligation free trial on any of our plans. Trial OurSay today!… Read more »

The value of repeat online community engagement

Effective online community engagement is not a one-off affair. Repeat engagement with your community is the best way to gain valuable and insightful data, which can be used by your council or organisation to make better and more widely accepted decisions. A well-maintained database ensures you have a ready-made cohort of community members waiting to be engaged with on a continuous basis. The bigger the list, the more likely you are to attract repeat visitors to your online forums who wish to be involved in a consultation process. A growing database also allows for better segmentation so you can target consultations to relevant members of the community. Some other things to keep in mind: OurSay offers a 30 day, obligation free trial on any of our plans. Trial OurSay today! Your community wants to be engaged People on your database actually want to engage with you. They’re on your database because they have at some point willingly provided their email to either hear more about what’s going on in their local area or have something to say about local issues. The people on your database are already engaged citizens and are just waiting for the right opportunity to get further involved.… Read more »

What Lies Beyond the First Online Engagement?

Congratulations!   You’ve completed an online engagement project and it’s important to pause, take a breath, and give credit where it’s due. This is an opportunity to reflect on what’s been achieved and what has been learned through the project.  And the good news: now that you’ve done it, what comes after can get a whole lot easier! OurSay offers a 30 day, obligation free trial on any of our plans. Trial OurSay today!… Read more »

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Town Hall Meetings

Although there is plenty of written information on the how-to’s of facilitating an effective meeting, implementation often leaves much to be desired. Take a standard community Town Hall meeting for example. How many organisers could say that they’ve never endured a “bad” one? It seems that regardless of the purpose of the meeting (conveying information, getting to a consensus or making a decision) many meetings waste time, undermine the authority of those running the engagement, or even decrease morale. OurSay offers a 30 day, obligation free trial on any of our plans. Trial OurSay today!… Read more »

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