Covid Recovery: digital methods for public engagement


Using digital tools and approaches to improve public engagement

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Introduction


This project aims to help boroughs use digital tools and methods to support and improve their democratic functions.

The project first began in response to boroughs’ urgent needs to conduct their elected member meetings online as a result of the Covid crisis. It is now expanding into a broader look at how digital democracy can enable boroughs to engage their communities in more meaningful ways during the Covid recovery period. LOTI boroughs Kingston, Sutton and Waltham Forest are working on an MHCLG-funded bid to create a digital engagement playbook, due for completion on 31 October 2020.

Collaborators


Resources


Making online committee meetings accessible to the public

LOTI guide to using Microsoft and Google products to conduct committee meetings online, with public live stream and Q&A.

Using digital democracy tools to engage residents

LOTI guide to using digital tools and methods to engage residents in Covid recovery.

Video conferencing platform security comparison

Side by side security and data privacy comparison of Google Meet, Zoom and MS Teams.

How to run video conference meetings safely and securely

LOTI guide to running video conference meetings safely and securely. Based on advice created by Brent and Lambeth.

Project Timeline


Digital Marketplace Playbook

24/09/2020

Live tender on Digital Marketplace for the discovery project to bring together a range of sources and information, user research and more for the creation of a playbook: guidance on how to conduct engagement activities for local government.

03/08/2020

LOTI boroughs Kingston, Sutton and Waltham Forest are working together on a project, funded by MHCLG’s C-19 Fund to develop a digital engagement playbook for councils. Due for completion on 31st October 2020.

Slide showing faces of borough staff working on Digital engagement playbook

01/07/2020

Created LOTI guide to running video conference meetings safely and securely. Based on advice created by Brent and Lambeth.

30/06/2020

Created side by side security and data privacy comparison of Google Meet, Zoom and MS Teams. This is intended to help encourage boroughs to permit the use of both MS Teams and Google Meet to enable collaborative working.

Project Kick-off